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Month: November 2016

COP-timist Jin

COP-timist Jin

Let’s just say that election night was a rough night. In four days, I was headed to Morocco for COP22, and the United States had just elected a person, who may or may not believe in climate change, as President. News articles following the election did not help. There were reports on President-elect Trump’s transition team of various climate change deniers, on ways in which President-elect Trump could pull out of the Paris Agreement, and on how President-elect Trump could…

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Nov 11th: Last Day in Morocco

Nov 11th: Last Day in Morocco

Today was the last day; I cannot believe a week has flown by so quickly. We started the morning with our last breakfast at the Riad and off to the conference we went. The first session we sat in on was a global climate action showcase focusing on energy. Energy is a key topic–it’s a pretty new concept but it’s pivotal to our future conceptions of renewable energy. 2.9 billion people don’t have access to cook cleanly, and 1.8 billion…

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Nov 10th: My Kind of Day: Youth and Future Generations Day

Nov 10th: My Kind of Day: Youth and Future Generations Day

Today we got to the youth delegation (RINGO) bright and early! Due to this, we got tickets to attend a closed APA article 4 session: adaptation communication. We then went to a showcase event about cities and human settlements. It focused on resilience in cities and buildings but was mainly in French. Due to the lack of understanding, I left this session and wandered around the side exhibits meeting people who were interested and passionate about youth advocacy. They also happened…

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Nov 9th: Wondering What The World Has Come To…

Nov 9th: Wondering What The World Has Come To…

Disclaimer: this post is rather political. Woke up to the devastating news about America’s newly elected president. At first, I thought it was a prank my friends had pulled on me, but when I found out the American public had really elected Donald J Trump, a misogynistic, racist, xenophobic, privileged white man to be president, needless to say, I was very, very upset. We had a quiet breakfast on the roof of the Riad as everyone tried to digest the news. We…

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Nov 8th: COP 22: Day 2

Nov 8th: COP 22: Day 2

This morning we got to the COP early to meet all the other RINGO (young people) delegates. We all introduced ourselves and I think I am the second youngest person at the entire conference! It was an interesting networking experience, and cool to see the diversity of backgrounds coming to address global warming and climate change. Today’s theme is “Earth Day” and we went to an information session about the importance of cross-sector collaboration and observation in order to understand…

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Nov 7th: New Kids on the COP

Nov 7th: New Kids on the COP

Today was our first day at the COP 22! It was a bit hectic getting there because the roads were packed and it rained all day long. We went through security and got our official badges, then entered the arena. The conference is the size of a mini city with large tents holding different conference centers, meeting spaces, and exhibitions. It was rather overwhelming because there is so much, and the conference is paperless so it’s a bit tricky to find…

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Nov 6th: First Full Day in Morocco

Nov 6th: First Full Day in Morocco

So it Begins: First Full Day in Morocco Today was our first full day in Morocco, and because the conference doesn’t start until tomorrow we got to explore the city! We started off with breakfast at our Riad, and then walked over (through a palace) to the Riad we are staying at for the rest of our trip. This one is even more beautiful! After being welcomed with tea and cookies we set up our plan for the day and headed…

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Nov 5th: Our Journey

Nov 5th: Our Journey

Hello all, Jennie, Emily, Tyler and I (4 of the 5 Emory delegates heading to Morocco) left Emory at around 3 to head to the airport for our big adventure! We got some food to chow down on, and of course Emily had to make a quick pit stop to grab her selfie stick, and then we were all ready to go. The first flight was to Paris, it was overnight but rather smooth with good movies too! Tried to work…

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Humans of COP22 – Youth Delegates from Malaysia

Humans of COP22 – Youth Delegates from Malaysia

  Why is climate change important to you? Why are you at the COP? I graduated from University of Nottingham in Malaysia with a degree in Environmental Sciences. I started my interest in climate change by getting involved with local NGOs, youth organizations, school projects, and volunteer programs in my country. I am really interested in seeing how science interacts with policy in dealing the problem of climate change. As a youth representative of my country, I believe youth is an important…

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Humans of COP22 – Luis Miguel Tayori Kendero

Humans of COP22 – Luis Miguel Tayori Kendero

How has climate change affected your life and work? During last year, in our community, people had less water. Because of climate change, we have to grow the crops that we used to grow at different times. For example, we used to harvest bananas in August, but now we cannot harvest them in August anymore. Native seeds don’t grow the same way because sometimes, for example, there is too much sun. Because of climate change, we don’t find the same…

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