Marrakesh Climate March (Credit/Aura Silva)

A COP in Brackets

The 22nd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change took place in Marrakech, Morocco, from November 7th to November 18th. In this blog post, the Earth in Brackets members who attended the conference reflect on their experiences and on the possible ways forward for the climate activist movement.

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[Earth] member delivers SBSTA Closing Plenary Intervention at COP22

At every COP meeting, constituencies have the opportunity to address opening and closing plenaries through interventions. The closing of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice closed today at COP22, and a member of our COP22 delegation, Jenna Farineau, gave the speech on behalf of the UNFCCC youth constituency (special thanks and shoutout to all the people who worked on the intervention behind the scenes: Laura Berry, Caroline Jeanmaire, Amalie Cordes, and Jenna Farineau).

You can watch her speech here at 1:13:00 and find the transcript below.

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“If no one can listen to [us] when [we’re] alone, then we must do it collectively”

by Elaina Burress and Jenna Farineau 

“I raise up my voice—not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard…we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.” ―Malala Yousafzai

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The Power of Media and COP21: A Reflection

By Jenna Farineau

“The media is the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty look innocent, and that’s the power. Because they control the minds of the masses” – Malcom X

Because they control the minds of the masses.

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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 speeches and while camera-men followed just behind to make sure these moments were captured. How empowering to have a day set aside just for youth in a space where our voices are more often than not suppressed and ignored. Except after the day’s events, we felt quite the opposite. The messages we heard pouring out of the mouths of adults and young people were stale, and frankly, redundant.

Side event championing youth

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