Good morning friends,
The vibe has changed here after the U.S. election. The walkways still bustle with people from all over the world. Scientists and businessmen and women still engage passerby with information about their organizations or research. But an air of uncertainty has fallen. American presenters noted they would not be taking any questions about the results of the election. Communication directors stood by to ensure that nothing inflammatory was said. Even the U.S. Green Building Council (USBGC) had to remind me that it “is a non-partisan organization.”
I’ve picked up a little Arabic and French since I arrived last Friday. And by a little, I mean I can thank someone and order an omelette with cheese.
But I didn’t need to be a UN-level translator to recognize the word “Trump” spoken by the Moroccan security guards at the gates of the complex. Everyone is thinking about it. No one is really talking about it, at least publicly. We don’t know the implications yet, and we’re not sure if the delegates know either.
But starting today, our mission at COP pivots. We will be boosting the number of social media posts on Facebook and Twitter to give you snippets of the different events happening and the people we’re meeting. We’ve launched our second rendition of “Humans of COP,” and will continue to update with portraits of the diverse global community that has gathered, hopefully sharing their stories and experiences with climate change and climate justice. We’re going to publish blog posts more frequently to give in-depth presentations on the conference, the events unfolding before, and perhaps a bit of analysis. And finally, we’ll prepare a video after the conference ends, synthesizing our experience here and hopefully providing a window into what we (and the world) are trying to do.
Most importantly, we are going to follow developments of the U.S.’s role in the agreement and negotiations. America plays a large role in securing support for a number of the measures detailed in last year’s agreement, if not all of it. It’s uncertain if we will back out, if it’s possible for us to back out, or if the rest of the world will continue forward regardless.
This will no doubt have the potential to be a turning point for the global effort in combatting climate change. We’re going to make sure we do our best to give you the best predictions for what happens next.