Incorporating Indigenous Rights and Perspectives

Corn, beans, and squash

“It is not the institutions that define the work we do… it is our relationships.” — Tim Bull Bennett When considering what topic to follow through the chaos of COP19, and feeling somewhat overwhelmed by the acronym soup, I retreated to a topic I know: advocating for incorporation and respect for Indigenous perspectives, drawing on…
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On the eve of COP19/CMP9

During the same two-day conference at London’s Chatham House where Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres outlined the UNFCCC’s goals for COP19/CMP9, U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern did the same, summarizing the U.S. approach to negotiating a post-2020 agreement as “flexibility with strength.”  Reflecting on the ADP’s job at Warsaw, Stern observed that “to…
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Wild About Wildlife

I’ve always been an animal lover. I grew-up with a myriad of pets; mostly dogs, but also rabbits, an African Grey parrot, lizards, turtles, fish, cats, and a tarantula. My parents instilled in me a great love for all wildlife and a sense that creatures deserve love and care just like people do. I remember…
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COP’ing it Part Deux: Tracking #COP19 & Loss and Damage

Last year, I had the amazing opportunity to attend the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP) 18th session in Doha, Qatar, as a student representative of Vermont Law School. It was my first COP and I learned so much “on the job” that cannot be taught in the…
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Climate justice, or “should the U.S. help Malawi adapt to climate change?”

As countries set out their COP19/CMP9 negotiating positions in the days before next Monday’s opening plenary session in Warsaw, my colleague Ben Sovacool reminds us in his recent Nature article that negotiating a new international climate change text is about ethics, as well as economics and technology.  He points to Sam Barrett’s observation:   “climate change creates a double…
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The value of this experience

T minus 5 days until the first half of our group heads to Warsaw! What a whirlwind of knowledge we have received leading up to this point. CDM, JI, OECD, LULUCF,  REDD+, SBSTA, SBI….acronyms, you no longer scare me! (Okay, maybe still just a little). However I am markedly more knowledgeable of the meanings behind…
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Countdown to COP19/CMP9

Ambition.  Annex B targets.  Second commitment period.  Flexible mechanisms.  State parties.  Green Climate Fund.  Loss and damage.  Reforestation, deforestation, and afforestation.  Joint implementation.  Annex I.  Annex II.  Monitoring, review, and verification.  Adaptation funding.  Common but differentiated responsibilities.  Clean development mechanism.  Carbon emissions trading.  IPCC.  SBI.  SBSTA.  ADP.  AAU.  CER.  ERU. These are some of the concepts…
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