Three Thoughts about COP24

It’s been one week since I returned from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). In that time I have reflected on my experience and have decided share my top three takeaways! 1. Representation is power While at the conference, my research and outreach focused on indigenous populations and their priorities. I had… Continue Reading →

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Indigenous Peoples’ Rights at COP24

In my time at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP24, I aimed to not only learn about climate change mitigation strategies, but also to learn about indigenous populations. I wanted to hear about the challenges they’ve been facing and how they have met those challenges. I made a video about what… Continue Reading →

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The Youth at COP24

While the people behind the locked doors are often 35 + years, at the COP24 the voices outside those doors were far below that age range. Who was Speaking? One of the faces most seen on the media from COP24, was the face of 15 year old climate activist, Greta Thunberg. She stunned the world…

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The Investment COP

In addition to attending the ‘regular’ COP (Conference of the Parties), I also attended an official side-event called ‘The Investment COP’. The purpose of the Investment COP is to “strengthen bottom-up processes, collaboration across sectors and industries, create new deal flows, and facilitate climate related project development”.  For me attending the Investment COP was an…

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The Most Important Lesson from COP24

Going into the 2018 UN Climate Conference I had so many goals and ideas of things I would learn about. But what I got out of it wasn’t on my list – and I am so happy it wasn’t. What I Expected I thought going in that I would learn how the negotiations happened. The…

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Why Poland?

As soon as the week two groupies of Emory University arrived in Kraków, Poland for the 2018 Climate Conference, we all stepped out of the stale airport air and into the air of Poland. Although not stale  – it did smell of coal. Polluted Poland What an odd smell for a city that was holding…

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The Power of Language

Language. Never have I more understood the power of language than during the the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations. Indigenous groups have noted some very important wording that may be removed from the Paris Rulebook – a document meant to guide implementation of the carbon emission reductions put forth in the… Continue Reading →

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Not Priceless

Read about different cases on carbon pricing. An Incentive to Reduce Pollution In order to diminish the amount of fossil fuels we burn some countries have been implementing carbon taxes [Arthur Pigou had proposed something similar in 1920]. The main ob…

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Two Soulmates

During one of the panels at COP24 in Katowice I heard a speaker talk about Costa Rica and New Zealand as “soulmates”, for being “small countries with great ideas”.  New Zealand Profile: Photo by Casey Horner, Unsplash. Area…

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