My COP24 Experience

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 for the first time was nothing but enriching, inspiring, and empowering.

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Climate Change is an Existential Threat & We Can Solve It

The greenhouse effect is a simple chemical reality: carbon compounds in the atmosphere trap heat, like a greenhouse roof. At the optimum level, atmospheric greenhouse gases make life as we know it possible; outside the optimum range, many stable geophysical processes become unstable, and civilization becomes harder to establish and secure. 

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Engaged Climate Civics: Chicago to Katowice, via Washington

Over the past year, I have been fortunate enough to take part in climate advocacy at all levels of civic engagement. After graduating with my masters in Environmental Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in August 2017, I moved to Chicago and started volunteering with Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) Chicago North Chapter — in November 2017. So began my climate advocacy endeavors.

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CCL Guidance for CUSMA Environmental Assessment

Dear Environmental Assessment Secretariat, Trade Agreements and NAFTA Secretariat (TCT) at Global Affairs Canada,

Investment, finance, trade, and commerce in the Main Street economy are not zero sum games. They are not finite proverbial pies where any gain is necessarily a loss for someone else. The highest value aim in trade and commerce is to generate new wealth by creating new value for all involved.

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Katowice sets standards for accelerated climate action

The COP24 in Katowice, Poland, was an opportunity to design and activate a global process to secure human liberty and prosperity. While it was not a meeting to solve all problems at once or to end climate change today, the defined outcome — the Katowice Climate Package [PDF] — provides some clear guidelines for nations to work toward a climate-smart future.

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COP24: The Smarter Path to Human Freedom

The COP24 opens amid reports of dangerous climate disruption. Major scientific reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the US Global Change Research Program find the human cause is clear, and impacts are steadily worsening. Those impacts are pervasive and compounding; they directly threaten human wellbeing, as well as the sovereignty of individuals, communities, and nation states.

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US National Climate Assessment Warns of Worsening Disasters

Global average temperatures are rising as carbon-based industrial civilization expands, because carbon-based compounds trap thermal energy (heat) the same way glass does in a greenhouse. The 4th National Climate Assessment makes clear: human activity is heating up the atmosphere and oceans, destabilizing the climate system, and putting life, wealth, and opportunity at risk.

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Resilience Intel Charter launches in San Francisco

Today in San Francisco, during the Global Climate Action Summit 2018, Resilience Intel partners Citizens’ Climate Education and Geoversiv—with support from Madison River Group, Carbon Delta, the Climate Bonds Initiative, and the International Association for the Advancement of Innovative Approaches to Global Challenges (IAAI)—released the Resilience Intel Founding Charter.

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COP23 Daily Brief

The COP23 in Bonn, under the Presidency of Fiji, achieved major breakthroughs in the implementation of the Paris Agreement. It also introduced a critical innovation in policy design and development—the Talanoa Dialogue, which makes the Paris-mandated facilitative dialogue into a year-round open consultation among all stakeholders around the world.

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No Surrender: Paris is Now the People’s Business

The Paris Agreement is a very good thing for the United States—for its people, its economy, and for its sovereign interest in a world that favors both democratic institutions and peace.

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