Tonight, after a third, long day attending negotiation sessions and side events at the venue, notetaking and briefing the Myanmar delegation, and blogging about it all, we cleaned up the apartment, put out plates of cheese and salty snacks, and welcomed university delegations to our home away from home. This “tradition” started last year when Beth Martin of the Washington University School of Law and I met and decided to introduce our students. One thing led to another and before we knew it, 30-some students were piled into our 2-bedroom apartment!
This year’s gathering included a wide range of students and professors, educational institutions, and observer delegation activities. Our JD and masters students welcomed undergraduate and graduate students from Wash U, Scripps, Lehigh, University of Manchester, Oslo University, and the University of Michigan, along with two members of Singapore’s youth delegation. Students talked about their work at COP20/CMP10, including staffing exhibit booths on great rivers and climate change, making presentations on ocean acidification at a side event, doing doctoral research on political dynamics, and attending a variety of side events.
And the next day, among the some 11,000 attendees at this year’s COP, we kept bumping into one another.