The involvement of the U.S. government in the Bonn Climate Talks remains limited as the only scheduled event was held yesterday. Moderated by Francis Brooke, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence, the panel promoted the use of fossil fuels and nuclear energy and featured executives from the natural gas company Tellurian, coal mining company Peabody Energy, and nuclear power company NuScale. With the contrasting We Are Still In delegation from the U.S. supporting Paris Agreement goals in attendance, the event began with a disruption: over 200 protesters staged a walk-out while singing anti-coal lyrics to the tune of “God Bless the U.S.A.”
Prior to the event, local U.S. leaders hosted a speak-out outside the room, including Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington. “What you’re going to hear today is essentially Donald Trump trying to sell 8-track tapes in a Spotify streaming world,” said Inslee, of the scheduled panel. “That is not going to cut it.”
Amongst the excitement of action items, protests, and other side events during the negotiations, it is encouraging to hear of specific progress on future planning between participating countries.
- Yesterday, the U.S. Climate Alliance, Mexico, and Canada signed an agreement that calls for the 15 governors and nation leaders to start a North American Climate Leadership Dialogue to address topics including clean transportation, carbon pricing initiatives, clean technology, and more.
- Parties decided on an official process for reporting and implementing agriculture climate actions within their Paris Agreement goals.
- Local and regional leaders from around the world signed the “Bonn-Fiji Commitment of Local and Regional Leaders to Deliver the Paris Agreement at All Levels”, a pledge signaling their commitments, their actions, and intention to work in partnership with all levels of government.
High-level negotiations begin this week amongst the Parties, featuring the most prominent speakers who spotlight issues of finance, innovation, resilience, sustainability, and hunger as they debate the specifics of the Paris Agreement implementation “rulebook.”
Don’t forget to tune in to the CLEAN call this afternoon at 12 p.m. CST featuring John Olson and Adri Arquin speaking about their first few days in Bonn. (Download required.)
Climate Generation Delegation Blogs
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. (Download required.)
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.
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.
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