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Young Voices – Yaicha Bookhout

In Young voices on November 30, 2009 at 11:57 pm


My name is Yaicha Bookhout and I’m a student at the University of Montana in the undergraduate Environmental Studies Program and minoring in Climate Change Studies. I will be attending the COP15 conference in Copenhagen and will be representing the EVST department at UM as well as Montana’s youth voice at the international conference. I’m passionate making young voices heard because it is important to have our generation. It’s important because youth will be picking up all the pieces if our current leaders fail. I am very lucky to attend this unprecedented conference; I was selected by the Environmental Studies Program and received grants to fund my travels.

 Our college cares about what is happening in Copenhagen because at UM there is a large commitment to creating a more sustainable college. To read more about sustainable initiatives happening at UM read my article on NewWest at The campus group University of Montana’s Climate Action Now (UMCAN) is committed to advocating sustainability, clean energy and green jobs to our political leaders. We are also helping create a more sustainable campus by initiating programs such as the Revolving Energy Loan Fund, UM Forum for Appropriated Technology and more. It’s a really exciting time to be involved in a movement that will determine our future. I’m glad that our University and many others around the country are starting to make this an important issue. Since there is so much going on at the local level, it gives me even more hope and empowerment to help create change. I think this issue will be our generation’s time to shine!


To learn more about the EVST program and to follow my COP15 blog vist here.


To learn more about the climate change minor go here.


The US Climate Change Lobby

In COP15, Young voices on November 30, 2009 at 10:40 pm

Dan Reicher, director of climate change and energy initiatives at Google, summed up the effort to pass a U.S. climate-change bill as an “epic, epic struggle.”

This summer, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a climate-change bill that aims to reduce carbon emissions and make investments in renewable energy. The Senate has recently taken up the task of stitching together a bill and, well, the positive and the frustrating aspects of the American political process are on full display. Climate-change legislation languishes and wallows in several Senate committees, and the vested interest of the few hold it captive. Recently, top Democrats said there likely won’t be any climate-change legislation until next year.

This legislative impasse has an immense, tragic importance for young people.

It would all be inconsequential if it wasn’t absolutely urgent for the United States to act and act soon. In one week, 192 nations will meet in Copenhagen to forge one of the most difficult international agreements ever — a comprehensive climate-change treaty. The Copenhagen conference is seen by many as one of the last opportunities for the world to lock in a process that reduces greenhouse gases in time to stave off disaster.

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Daily Digest – November 30th

In Daily Digest on November 30, 2009 at 10:11 pm

India, stubborn on carbon emissions targets

Top Indian officials dismissed a draft climate change proposal by Denmark that expects developing economies to peak their greenhouse gas emissions by 2025, news reports said Monday.

The draft document was circulated to a few countries ahead of the Dec. 7-18 summit in Copenhagen, which is supposed to draw up an agreement for controlling emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases causing global warming.


Will rich countries commit to climate financing for poor countries?

The EU was accused of threatening the global climate talks last night after confidential papers showed it wants existing overseas aid funding to be used to help poor countries adapt to global warming, not new and additional funds


Big developing countries unite on climate change

A clutch of major emerging economies including China and India have forged a united front to put pressure on developed countries at next month’s climate change negotiations in Copenhagen.

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In Uncategorized on November 18, 2009 at 2:55 pm

I’m currently in Argetina, so for those of you who have noticed no new content for the past couple days I apologize.

But I promise new posts soon, and since I’m in Argentina you’ll see some items related to the country.

Young Voices – Indian Youth Delegation

In COP15, Young voices on November 13, 2009 at 8:08 pm

Indian Youth DelegationI sent out a request to international youth delegations asking for their respective on the upcoming climate change talks in Copenhagen. Below, is a letter from the Indian Youth Delegation to the world’s leaders.

Dear Leader,

We are the Indian Youth Delegation representing the concerns of Indian Youth and many more to the United Nations COP-15 in December. Our group, selected from all over India by the Indian Youth Climate Network consists of a 20 member team. We come to you in the interests of over 1.3 billion people in our country, 35% of whom are under age 15, and well over 500,000,000 are under 30.

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Young Voices – Joanna MacDonald

In COP15, Young voices on November 12, 2009 at 2:50 am

Canadian flagJoanna is a third year Environmental Science Co-op student at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. For the past two years she has been contributing to the effort to ban bottled water from campus with the Guelph Students for Environmental Change. Her experience with climate change issues is very diverse spanning from climate change standards and carbon accounting to youth engagement on climate change. At the Read the rest of this entry »

Daily Digest – November 11th

In Daily Digest on November 12, 2009 at 2:36 am

earthOffshore wind power station partnership in US

Maryland, Delaware and Virginia are joining forces to promote the offshore wind power.The governors of the three states announced Tuesday that they have signed an agreement to work together on promoting federal policies, transmission strategies and other issues to advance offshore power in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Incremental progress in US on climate change bill before Copenhagen could help

U.S. Senator John Kerry said on Tuesday he will try to “outline” a compromise climate control bill before December’s international global warming conference and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gave an upbeat assessment of Washington’s intentions

Forum outlines divisions leading up to Copenhagen

Speaking at a symposium organized by the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington on Tuesday, Atul Arya, the chief adviser for energy and climate policy for BP, the British oil company, said the odds of achieving a broad, global agreement at climate talks in Copenhagen next month were “very, very low.”

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Daily Digest – November 10th

In Daily Digest on November 11, 2009 at 12:11 am

EarthWorld Energy Outlook 2009: Business As Usual Unsustainable

The world is on course for a six degrees Celsius (10.8 F) temperature rise and rising energy costs, if business as usual is continued, the International Energy Agency (IEA) concludes in the report World Energy Outlook 2009 published on Tuesday.

Ban Ki-Moon heads to Washington to push for climate deal

Ban plans to meet with key senators and White House officials to discuss how governments are approaching the climate negotiations “and what those governments expect, in terms of the role of the United States,” the secretary-general’s top adviser on climate change said Monday.

Lula to Obama and Hu Jintao “Time to show some leadership in Copenhagen”

Brazil’s president has challenged other world leaders to attend next month’s climate talks in Copenhagen to break the deadlock in negotiations to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

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Daily Digest – November 9th

In Daily Digest on November 9, 2009 at 9:52 pm

earthHow should we measure emissions and reductions?

The bigger the pledged emissions cuts or reductions in growth in carbon dioxide pollution, the greater the need to prove nations meet those targets and curb the pace of climate change.


Japan urging China to step on in Copenhagen

Japan urged China on Sunday to make an ”international commitment” to reduce greenhouse gases in a new carbon-capping framework to succeed the Kyoto Protocol. Japan ”strongly hopes China will show its active initiative (to curb emissions) to the international community in a new international framework as an international commitment,” Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Masayuki Naoshima told a Japan-China energy-saving and environmental forum in Beijing.


G-20 leaders come up short on climate financing

Rich countries and developing nations fought over climate change on Saturday, failing to make progress on financing ahead of a major environmental summit in Copenhagen next month.

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Tracking Climate Change Negotiators

In COP15, Young voices on November 9, 2009 at 2:03 am

Adopt a negotiatorA lot of want I hope to do with this blog is to provide readers insight into the diverse perspectives that countries have leading up to Copenhagen. I came across a really unique organization that is actually tracking each country’s respective climate change negotiator. Adopt a Negotiator has deployed a team of 13 people speaking 9 different languages to follow climate change negotiators.

Wondering what the US delegation has been up to in Barcelona, want to know how the Canada delegation is reacting to stalled US legislative action on climate change? Adopt a Negotiator can keep you informed. Furthermore, this group of young trackers wants to make the international negotiation process more transparent and understood by the general public.