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Leaving the Paris Agreement, Staying Committed

December 12, 2015 has been described as historic — the day we turned the tide on climate change. On that day, after two weeks of negotiations, 196 nations unanimously agreed to adopt an international climate pact, known as the Paris Agreement. I had the privilege and honor to be present at COP21 where the Agreement […]

How to use your voice and vote for climate justice

Read Sarah’s story and learn how to be a climate voter yourself at enough2020.org. Our everyday lives are in many ways different than one year ago, and never has the urgent need for political leadership been more apparent. I was instilled with a strong sense of community and civic engagement from those who raised me. […]

Another World is Possible

This afternoon, there was a plenary where countries were all given a chance to weigh in on draft language for the agreements they’re working to make at COP25. The COP President Carolina Schmidt, Minister of Environment of Chile, opened the meeting with a call to find a way to come to an agreement before leaving […]

Keeps the Doors Open

Being at the Madrid Conference of Parties (COP25), which I can colloquially call the UN Climate Conference, has been such a surprising experience. It has been at once uplifting and demoralizing, energizing and deflating, heartening and alarming. It has been a huge wake up call for me personally and how I think about my climate […]

The People United Will Never Be Defeated

El pueblo unido jamás será vencido! The people united will never be defeated! At the conclusion of COP25, there is a large sense of disappointment with the progress of negotiations by global leaders, yet a resounding sense of solidarity and determination to continue forward progress by civil society in global solidarity. The undeniable message resonating […]

Your Window into COP25: December 16

This is your last Window into COP25 digest. Stay connected to Climate Generation and subscribe to our newsletters at climategen.org/subscribe. COP25 finally came to close early Sunday morning — making it the longest COP in the history of the process — and the negotiations fell dramatically short of global expectations for strong leadership on climate […]

Security and Climate Justice

The role of democracy and security in climate justice has not been spoken of as much in many side events or panels, but is strongly felt at COP even by civil society on a daily basis. Having this event moved from Santiago to Madrid was unprecedented, restricting access from negotiations for participants from Latin America […]

The “Time for Action” is Now

The theme for COP25 is “Time for Action.” You see the words scrawled everywhere around the convention—from the logo to the hashtags on the walls behind speakers. Inside the Blue Zone, where the negotiations and official side events take place, you every now and then hear protest chants of, “What do we want? ACTION! When […]