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Day-to-Day Updates From COP25

The University of Minnesota’s 13 observers at the United Nations Climate Change Conference gave day-to-day updates over the past two weeks of the conference, and these give an overall sense of a “climate” of action and urgency at the conference center in Madrid. Here are a few examples:

UMN Water Resources staff member, Eileen Kirby, tweeted:

#TimeForAction #TiempoDeActuar is not a slogan, it’s a call for action, an acknowledgment that we need to ramp up ambition and commitments to address #climatechange, says #COP25 President @CarolaSchmidtZ at a briefing for observer organizations.

Negotiation teams with more members can divide the load; smaller teams—often from LDCs [Lesser Developed Countries] with less resources/capacity and greater vulnerability to #climatechange—must advocate for the planet and their futures nearly 24/7 her

COP25 takes an incredible amount of stamina, even as an observer. There are 12.5 hours of back to back scheduled meetings every day for 2 weeks. Negotiators often stay long past this. Benefits of having a large delegation are clear—any amount of rest is valuable here

UMN Science Technology Environmental Policy (STEP) graduate student Nate Vikeras shared on facebook:

“If we didn’t have the pressure from the youth on the streets, we would have never reached this level of urgency on the climate crisis.” UN Special Envoy Luiz Alfonso de Alba

#COP25

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UMN faculty member in Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering (BBE) Tim Smith shared a powerful moment on twitter:

Awesome dialogue on climate change and the rights of young people…

*children: countries less important to CC, listen to us, we aren’t stupid; *ministers: we’re already including you enough, each country is different, trust our experience. Youth:1; adults:0 – rematch! #cop25

UMN staff member in Ecology and Evolutionary Behavior (EEB) Kate Barry tweeted:

High Ambition Coalition won’t walk away from #COP25 w/out clear call for enhanced NDCs w/ high ambition in line w/ best science. @HACoalition on front lines of climate change; lives are at risk. Called out USA, Brazil, Australia for blocking progress toward agreement. #MNCOP25

 

“Water has no borders, the air has no borders. Indigenous women are the defenders of life.” – Daiara Sampaio. Women for Climate Justice Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change. #COP25 #MNCOP25

Local climate education organization Climate Generation’s Sarah Goodspeed gave @MPRnews a great summary of the negotiation issues at COP25. She was also an organizer of cross-sectoral meetings of Minnesotans at the conference, facilitating conversation between state, city, non-profit, education and business leaders before and during the two weeks of the climate change conference in Madrid. Hear the story!

A Minnesota delegate at COP25 explains what world leaders are negotiating at the summit.

Look for a “talk back” from #COP25 event featuring the University of Minnesota obersvers after the New Year.

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