Youth Briefing Session at SB50 with UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Ms. Patricia Espinosa

by Shan Agrawal While there is no shortage of geo-political, social or economic problems that countries around the world must face at any given time, climate change is increasingly a driving influence in all areas. Before you read any further, pause for a moment and think about this: can you say climate change has not affected your life in some important or any way at … Continue reading Youth Briefing Session at SB50 with UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Ms. Patricia Espinosa

Invest in Interactive Earth Systems Value at the Human Scale

Resilience Intelligence Brief to the In-Session Workshop on Long-Term Finance At the 2018 In-Session Workshop on Long-Term Finance, we asked that a specific operational question be put to ministers: What do you know about the macro-critical resilience intelligence of your nation’s economy? That would logically lead to a series of further questions: Do you know how to learn this? Do you have systems in place … Continue reading Invest in Interactive Earth Systems Value at the Human Scale

UN Climate Talks are Shortcut to Security & Prosperity

There is no such thing as a free lunch. That is important to remember in politics at all levels. Smart politicians know they cannot afford to be on the wrong side of major forces that will affect their constituents, so it is always astonishing to see climate policy treated as “highly partisan” or “divisive”. The simplest story about climate science and climate solutions is this: … Continue reading UN Climate Talks are Shortcut to Security & Prosperity

How SB50 Can Help Achieve the Climate-Smart Future

System-scale innovation does not have to be all-consuming revolution or a shock to the system. The most effective system-scale innovations start from small but significant improvements in policy, technology or practice, then cascade through practical connections to lived experience and everyday decision-making. These cascade effects gain traction by making critical improvements possible at every stage. Going into the SB50 mid-year UN Climate Change negotiations, there … Continue reading How SB50 Can Help Achieve the Climate-Smart Future

The Day the World Stood Still

During the 2018 United Nations Climate Change negotiations (the COP24), co-chairs of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change presented the latest scientific findings about what would happen if the world warms by 1.5ºC on average above pre-industrial levels. It was a special plenary session, meaning every nation was represented, as well as every international agency, and as many observers as could fit. What happened in … Continue reading The Day the World Stood Still

The COP24 Experience

By Shantanu Agrawal As climate change continues to turn our ethical fabric into our geophysical reality, I realized early on that if I cannot decrease my sphere of concern, I should increase my sphere of influence. While this continues to be my guiding demeanor, learnings from COP24 were an integral experience to my own emerging sense of climate advocacy and civic engagement. Attending the COP … Continue reading The COP24 Experience

Finding Hope at COP24 

by Cathy Orlando Why I attended COP24 I never thought I would attend a United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP). My community and country have always been my focus. Mostly though, l really don’t like flying in airplanes. As the International Outreach Manager for Citizens’ Climate Lobby, gaining a global perspective is key to my work and as … Continue reading Finding Hope at COP24