The Youth Complex at COP21

By: Sara Velander and Jenna Farineau Each day at the Conference of Parties, a certain theme is chosen to frame the day’s events and actions, and this past Wednesday, December 4, bore the theme “Young and Future Generations.” Young people were running around expressing their cheery nature, while adults stood in front of them making […]

DUMPED: Japan’s fling with climate finally ends, three years after giving up custody of lovechild Kyoto

by Anjali Appadurai It was a move that had been expected with dread: on Friday morning Tokyo time, the Japanese government announced its new greenhouse gas emissions target for 2020. The numbers are grim. Japan will cut emissions by 3.8 per cent from its 2005 level by 2020; this translates to an increase of 3.1 per cent […]


[one_half] “[Earth] Durban,” a 25-minute documentary, chronicles the life and energy of the youth presence at the most recent United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, (UNFCCC) in Durban, South Africa. By Devin L Altobello. .     Anjali Appadurai, a student at the College of the Atlantic in Maine, addressed the conference on […]

No surprise, Connie: Doha was a failure

This is a response to European Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard’s article entitled "Why the Doha climate conference was a success." It is soon to be available on New York Times dotearth blog.  By Anjali Appadurai and Nathan Thanki Connie Hedegaard doesn’t respond to our tweets. She ignores us in the halls of UN […]

Bad Boy Scout: The Importance of Process and Good-Faith Negotiations

by Anjali Appadurai Sometimes I get frustrated with all the "procedural crap" that seems to govern any group process. [Earth] has found it onerous to sit in YOUNGO meetings where process seems to be treated not as a means to an end, but rather as the end itself. Endless hand signals, protocols, rules, processes, tokenization […]