Your Window into COP23 Day 8: November 13

Yesterday, our four delegates officially arrived in Bonn for the remainder of the negotiations. Pictured: Melissa Hortman, Adri Arquin.

Things are usually a bit more quiet on the weekend at the COP, and other events often are hosted. This Sunday there was a Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders; a premier gathering of governments to talk next steps in climate action and facilitate partnership for implementation of the Paris Agreement. Subnational climate speakers from the U.S. included Governor Jerry Brown, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and more. Alongside the We Are Still In initiative, this demonstrates that when cities, regions, businesses, communities and all levels of government join forces, it makes climate action stronger and more effective. This is critical in every part of the world, especially in southern nations and small island states where people are particularly vulnerable to climate change.

NGOs, or non-governmental organizations, also act as catalysts for action and change. They attend the conference as observers to high-level sessions, as well as organize action events for general attendees and affect negotiations by pushing goals and expectations for increased Party commitments. Currently, there are over 1,400 observer organizations that attend COPs each year.

One coalition of NGO’s with a large organized presence at COP is the Climate Action Network (CAN). CAN, a worldwide network of over 1,100 NGOs in more than 120 countries, is working to promote government and individual action to limit human induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. Besides the serious organizing, observing, and actions taken throughout the COP, CAN also provides some opportunities for comedic relief. Every evening, the CAN presents a theatrical Fossil of the Day presentation that all COP attendees can participate in. The Fossil of the Day highlights a country that is doing the worst at climate action.

John, Melissa, Adri, and Aurora are now on the ground in Bonn, and we look forward to hearing our week two delegates perspectives, as they share perspectives on indigenous issues, local government leadership, and the role of youth and education.

Climate Generation Delegation Blogs

Adri Arquin

First Day at COP23


Aurora Conley

5,000 Miles




You can also check out student blogs from youth delegates representing the School of Environmental Studies students at COP23.


Mark your calendar for the COP23 webcasts at 12 p.m. CST throughout the experience!

November 14: Click here to join the CLEAN (Climate Literacy) Network webinar featuring education professional, John Olson and Adri, a junior high school student.

November 15: Click here to join Minority Leader Melissa Hortman’s webinar on the presence of local U.S. government and leadership in Bonn.

November 16: Click here to join Aurora’s webinar as she discusses the role of Indigenous leaders and her climate action experience in Bonn.

Past Webcasts

November 8: Watch Espoir, Ian, and Cheryl discuss the first few days in Bonn and how it feels to be an American at the conference.

November 9: Watch Ellen Anderson and Leigh Currie discuss American presence at COP23 and what they plan to do once they return to Minnesota.

Save the Date

Don’t miss our post-COP23 panel on November 27th, 12 to 1 p.m. CST, featuring representation from Governor Dayton’s office and our Minnesota delegates as they reflect on the Bonn Climate Talks. Attend in person or tune in digitally through our live webcast.

Follow Us

Check out our Twitter and Instagram for even more footage from our COP23 delegation. Follow @ClimateGenOrg and hashtags #MNCOP23, #USPeoplesDelegation, and #ActOnClimate

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