Author: Peter Johnson, Education Ambassador

A Closing Window for Climate Action

It was hard to transition back to being a middle school teacher after having a week with my mind focused on the global-scale problem of climate change. Back in my classroom this week, my students were receptive to the summary I provided of the deal that was struck at COP21. I told them that it […]

Dispatches from Inside COP21

Throughout this past week, I have been trying to connect my students to COP21. It has been a challenge, mostly because this conference is unlike any conference I had ever attended. My first day in the blue zone of Le Bourget was overwhelming. Very overwhelming. The sheer size, amount of information, complexity of the negotiations, […]

Top-Down and Bottom-Up Solutions to Climate Change

Today we had the honor of meeting with Dr. John Holdren, President Obama’s Science Advisor, at the American embassy in Paris. It was quite an experience! Check out the other educators’ blogs for more details on that meeting. One thing I will highlight is something John said that was similar to my comments on December 3rd, when […]

Our Best Hope is Here, Now

Today, inside Le Bourget, Al Gore shared a powerful message with COP21 negotiators. He clearly wanted to review the science and effects that climate change is already having around the world. I will let some of his slides do the talking. All of these climate impacts have a compelling human element, of course. Here is […]

Ambition and That Big Tipping Point

Today was my first day attending the official COP21 negotiations in the “blue zone” of Le Bourget. While I was there today, it struck me that there are two perspectives that keep coming up as I learn more about COP21. The first is positive and hopeful: there may finally be some movement by world governments […]

If It Were My Island

Today, at the UNESCO event, “An Afternoon with Robert Redford: Storytelling For Global Action,” we heard a new perspective on climate change, one that gets much less consideration. Robert Redford spoke clearly about the need for action: “There have been a lot of conferences with a lot of talking. Well, the time has run out […]

Friday Feature: Meet COP21 Education Ambassador Peter Johnson!

As our COP21 Window Into Paris program approaches, we will be featuring an educator in our delegation each week to share their thoughts on the program and how they plan to incorporate their experience at the UN climate change negotiations into their classrooms. This week’s featured educator is Peter Johnson, an Earth Science teacher at […]