Climate Voices

December 12, 2018
By: Climate Generation

Your Window Into COP24: December 12

Global leaders at work during an open panel as the urgency for finalizing the Paris rulebook increases.
Global leaders at work during an open panel as the urgency for finalizing the Paris rulebook increases.

The high-level segments of COP24 have truly taken off as it’s crunch time for Parties to finalize their contributions to the Paris Agreement rulebook. Ministers and heads of state from around the world arrived this week to pair off into negotiating teams that will produce a more concise draft. The tension is running high as the end of COP24 nears; Patricia Espinosa, the Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, spoke to the challenge ahead: “Many political divisions remain. Many issues still must be overcome. But I believe it’s within our grasp to finish the job.”

We were excited to see the official Talanoa Dialogue segment begin yesterday and continue into today at the negotiations. Originally initiated at COP23 with direction from the Fijian Presidency, the Talanoa Dialogue pulls from their island’s tradition of solving differences – or “talanoa”, holding a conversation in an inclusive space.

The Talanoa Dialogue invited citizens, non-governmental organizations, businesses, cities, and governments to submit their stories of climate change through December 6 to the ministers overseeing the creation of the Paris Agreement rulebook. They answered three questions: Where are we now? How do we want to go? How do we get there? Sharing the stories behind how the world is experiencing climate impacts is an opportunity to bring participants closer together and push Parties to raise their commitments for keeping the world below a 2C temperature rise.

Yesterday was also Gender Day (#ActOnTheGap) at COP24. Promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women was communicated as a key component of COP24 by the conference leadership. (Did you know that educating girls is the #6 solution to climate change, according to Paul Hawken’s Drawdown?) The day was full of events highlighting topics from the connections between gender and climate financing to amplifying women’s contributions to climate action.

Today, join us as we go LIVE from COP24 with our delegate Michelle Courtright, CEO of Fig + Farro, at 1 p.m. CST. Register now!

Here’s our round-up of notable news:

Climate Generation Delegation Blogs

Alissa Matthies Tamasi

Alissa Matthies Tamasi, Target

We Are Still In

Watch Alissa’s intro video


Mark your calendar for the COP24 webcasts throughout the experience!

RE-WATCH NOW – December 7: Alissa Matthies Tamasi

RE-WATCH NOW – December 10: Jesse Turck

RE-WATCH NOW – December 11: School of Environmental Studies

TODAY: Michelle Courtright (1 p.m. CST)

December 13: Alexis Ludwig-Vogen (2 p.m. CST)

Save the Date

Don’t miss our post-COP24 panel on December 19, 4 to 5 p.m. CST, at the Institute on the Environment featuring our Minnesota delegates as they reflect on the Katowice Climate Talks. Attend in person or tune in digitally through our live webcast.

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