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Dispatch from Copenhagen

In COP15, Young voices on December 15, 2009 at 2:11 am

The climate change talks taking place in Copenhagen are on life support. One week in to the conference, and with one week to go, progress towards a worthwhile climate change deal has been slow. In order to salvage COP15, negotiators will have to double down in order to reach a deal.

Monday’s major news was a group of African nations walking out on negotiations and in dramatic fashion – late in the evening hour – choosing to come back to the negotiating table. Last week it was reported that the Danish government had met with a group of rich nations including the US outside of the formal process and agreed to a draft “text”. A text that could eventually become the agreement that the Copenhagen conference produces. Several poor nations were angered by what they perceived as a backdoor deal that favored rich nations. The mood has been sour and souring ever since, culminating in today’s walkout.

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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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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 »

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.

Welcome to The Road to Copenhagen

In Young voices on October 29, 2009 at 12:36 am

Welcome to The Road to Copenhagen, a blog about the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. My name is Simeon Talley and I will be one of ten Iowa students attending the climate change conference as an observer.


I created this blog as a way to communicate and share my experiences leading up to and while in Copenhagen. I also created this blog to serve as a forum for dialogue about climate change and the Copenhagen process. In Copenhagen the stakes will be high. This historic conference may be the last chance for the world to put itself on a sustainable path before it’s too late. The science is clear and world opinion is in clear support of an international agreement. What is not clear though, is the political will or the resolve of the world’s leaders to reach an agreement where all will have to sacrifice.

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