“Keep Polluters Out, Let the People In:” A Rallying Call for Climate Justice at COP25

Since 1995, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has hosted the yearly Conferences of Parties (COP) to facilitate international climate policy. Organizations from around the world gather to set the agenda for coordinated action on climate change. Marking its 25th meeting, COP25 suffered multiple setbacks beginning during the planning stages and continuing …

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The Politics of Power in Global Climate Efforts: A Reflection

The 25th Conference of Parties (COP 25) was originally scheduled to be held in Santiago, Chile, but a national fight against structural injustices there led to a last-minute change of locale. Instead, the global climate change convening took place in Madrid, Spain. While I and the other U-M delegates were able to change our flights …

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Interwoven Entanglements: Reflections on Indigenous Language and Community-Engagement at COP25

It’s day 3 of COP25 and I’m serving as a volunteer, note taking for the UN Secretariat at the Joint Event on Integrating Local and Indigenous knowledge into Adaptation Action. As the facilitator, Musonda Mumba, Chief of the Terrestrial Ecosystems Unit at the UNEP staged a guiding question, “How do we integrate the diverse knowledge …

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Sustainable Tourism: Challenging a Personal and Global Catch-22

At 37,000 feet in the air, there was a hint of hypocrisy that filled my mind; I was on my way to attend a conference dedicated to sharing how humans are impacting the environment and what can be done to reduce that impact. And to support that mission, I was traveling over 4,000 miles and …

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