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"Climate Action and Higher Education @COP22" Blog Series

By Eddie McInerney, Christen Bellucci, Stephanie Hubli, Usra Qureshi, Hannah Casey, and Ben Breslau
November 28, 2016          Source: UConn OEP Wordpress Blog

"The following blogs emphasize a common theme at COP22: the role of universities and educated youth as powerful leaders in the fight against climate change, highlighted at a higher education networking event at Cadi Ayyad University in Marrakech:

We Want You (to Help Combat Climate Change) Eddie McInerney

Green Campuses: Turning Knowledge into Action Christen Bellucci

A Meeting of Millennials Stephanie Hubli

Knowledge is Privilege Usra Qureshi

An American Dream? Hannah Casey

It’s Up to Us Now Ben Breslau"

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"U.S. Election Casts Shadow Over Marrakech" Blog Series

By Mark Urban, Ben Breslau, Kristin Burnham, and Klara Reisch
November 22, 2016          Source: UConn OEP Wordpress Blog

"As a contingent of UConn students, faculty, and staff arrived at COP22 in Marrakech, Morocco, it became clear that, although they were more than 3,000 miles away from home, the uncertainty and concern surrounding the recent U.S. election were being felt just as strongly. The following blog posts were submitted by members of the UConn contingent, detailing their experiences at COP22 in light of the recent election:

The World Without U.S. Mark Urban

An Uncertain Future Ben Breslau

UCONN@COP22: The Trump Opener Kristin Burnham

Hoping for a Better Donald: What the 2016 Election Means for Climate Change Policy Klara Reisch"

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View from COP22 in Marrakech: "Normalize Climate Action"

By Anji Seth, Associate Professor, Geography and Chair Atmospheric Sciences Group
November 29, 2016          Source: UConn Climate Resource Exchange

"Talk of global warming is everywhere here in Marrakech. But in the US people rarely discuss the topic among family and friends.  Global Warming has become akin to politics and religion, a taboo subject in polite company, even as the science has become indisputable and policy is being enacted globally. Why is global warming such a hot button issue that we cannot talk about it?" Continue Reading

View from COP22 in Marrakech: "The train has left the station"

By Anji Seth, Associate Professor, Geography and Chair Atmospheric Sciences Group
November 29, 2016          Source: UConn Climate Resource Exchange

"The shock of the US election weighed heavily as our band of 18 (students faculty and staff) departed Storrs for the journey to Marrakech. So many questions, so little reason to hope. In Paris last December the atmosphere had been electric, as the efforts of  many over a period of 20 years were to culminate in the first unanimous international commitment to limit global warming. Our UConn group experienced first hand the jubilation and sense of promise embodied in the Paris Agreement, even as we recognized that the real work remained ahead." Continue Reading

 

View from COP22 in Marrakech: "No Comment"

By Scott Stephenson, Assistant Professor, Geography
November 10, 2016          Source: UConn Climate Resource Exchange

"Among Trump’s priorities for his first 100 days in office is to cancel payments to UN climate change programs and use the money to “fix America’s water and environmental infrastructure.” Putting aside the details of which infrastructure would be upgraded and how the former UN payments would support such a plan (spoiler alert: there aren’t many), this plan threatens to severely undermine one of the key mechanisms facilitating a global energy transition: climate financing..." Continue Reading

View from COP22 in Marrakech: US Election Results

By Scott Stephenson, Assistant Professor, Geography
November 9, 2016          Source: UConn Climate Resource Exchange

"A surreal mix of stoicism and denial pervaded the COP plenary meetings this morning. Delegates were introduced; formal addresses were read. Before long, discussion turned to the wonky language of the UNFCCC: carbon pricing, transparency frameworks, climate financing, and so on. In short, it was business-as-usual at COP22. Addressing the elephant in the room – the outcome of the US election – was not on the agenda..." Continue Reading

COP22 in Marrakech: Africa in Action

By Scott Stephenson, Assistant Professor, Geography
November 8, 2016          Source: UConn Climate Resource Exchange

"With the Paris Agreement entering into force ahead of schedule on November 4, the rhetoric at the COP22 opening plenary in Marrakech was decidedly optimistic, with ambitious appeals to meet the goals set in Paris one year ago. While there were the usual calls to global collective action, a focus on regional climate justice issues surfaced as an early theme. Morocco’s Foreign Minister and COP22 President, Salaheddine Mezouar, set the tone by highlighting the significance of holding the meeting on African soil at a time when “climate change in Africa is the most cruel and unfair.” Pointing out that 15 of the 36 most climate-impacted countries are in Africa, and that it would take three Earths to meet the consumption needs of the world’s wealthiest citizens, he issued a challenge to those in attendance to bring about “justice for Africa” here and throughout the years of negotiations ahead..." Continue Reading