Climate Voices

December 13, 2018
By: Climate Generation

Your Window Into COP24: December 13

Our four delegates repping climate leadership from the North before they head to dinner at an all vegetarian Polish restaurant. #KeepTheNorthCold
Our four delegates repping climate leadership from the North before they head to dinner at an all vegetarian Polish restaurant. #KeepTheNorthCold

The high-level negotiations continued at COP24 yesterday with the close of the Talanoa Dialogue. We wanted to share what some countries, groups, and non-governmental organizations presented to the ministers overseeing the creation of the Paris Agreement rulebook in the final portion of the political phase.

Fiji: “1.5 is more than a number, for some countries it is about survival. The impacts of droughts, floods, and cyclones is hardship and endangering their livelihoods.”

Business and industry non-governmental organizations (BINGO): “The challenge is lack of leadership; we count on you to demonstrate leadership, with a political declaration to raise ambition and to reach carbon neutrality by 2050, and to deliver on the rulebook. We will need deep collaboration between public and private sectors.”

Switzerland: “I am encouraged and alarmed at the same time because the messages are clear: current efforts are not sufficient to stay below 1.5C. Costs of inaction are increasing…Technologies needed are here. We need to implement them.”

Youth non-governmental organizations (YOUNGO): “We have not had a voice in these processes but we will not give up. We will go back home and work. We will continue to show that we are ready to take part in these solutions.”

As countries from around the world are expected to ratchet up their ambition regarding the targets they set for themselves initially in the Paris Agreement, non-governmental organizations are watching closely. The Climate Action Network (CAN) is one of those.

CAN has presented the Fossil of the Day award to one country each day at COPs, beginning in 1999. The Fossil of the Day award highlights a country nominated by COP participants that is the best at being the worst on climate action. The theatrical performance provides some comedic relief between the negotiation panels, but also communicates that people are watching how world leaders are or aren’t following through. A worldwide network of over 1,300 non-governmental organizations in more than 120 countries, CAN is working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels.

Check out why the U.S. was highlighted as Fossil of the Day on Dec. 8.

On a brighter note for the U.S., the U.S. Climate Alliance — made up of 17 governors (including Minnesota!) committed to upholding the Paris Agreement — has announced it’s releasing three clean energy and resilience “playbooks” that will serve as implementation resources for states in deploying solar energy, spurring electric grid modernization, and enhancing resilience in the face of climate impacts and natural hazards. All three resources are downloadable for free.

Today is our last LIVE webinar from Poland! Join Alexis Ludwig-Vogen of Best Buy at 2 p.m. CST to discuss her observations and learnings from COP24 that she’ll bring back to Minnesota.

Here’s our round-up of notable news:

  • Take a look at how countries are actually doing with their climate goals.
  • How can cities, and you and me, lead on climate solutions?
  • World sports are joining team UN in the fight against climate change.

Climate Generation Delegation Blogs

Alexis Ludwig-Vogen

Alexis Ludwig-Vogen, Best Buy

Work in Progress

Watch Alexis’ intro video

Alissa Matthies Tamasi

Alissa Matthies Tamasi, Target

The future is today!

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

RE-WATCH NOW – December 12: Michelle Courtright

TODAY: 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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Check out our Twitter and Instagram for even more footage from our COP24 delegation. Follow @ClimateGenOrg and hashtags #MNCOP24 and #ActOnClimate.