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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Disinfecting poultry after disease breakout, credit: Brighter Green

Animal Agriculture and Climate Change

By Elaina Burress and Hana Bracale

Today I sat in on one of the few (if not only) COP22 side events on the impacts of animal agriculture in driving climate change. Speakers came from Brighter Green (a US non-profit action tank with a focus on food policy and equity), Humane Society International, and the Global Forest Coalition (an organization working for socially-just forest policy, with a special focus on Indigenous Peoples’ rights).

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Land Use at COP22: What Happened and What’s Next?

By Sara Velander, Jenna Farineau, and Elaina Burress. 

After the final text of the Paris Agreement was adopted mid-December 2015, several land-focused organizations analyzed the different ways land use and agriculture are positioned in the agreement, in order to identify the future trajectory of land use in international climate policy. According to Climate Focus, the Agreement made specific references to land use in various articles including Article 5 on forests, and a reference to food production in Article 2. However, these are merely recognizing land use in the agreement and have no binding provisions as of yet. Where land use is likely to have the biggest role is in the accounting of emissions and removals in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), one of the few binding obligations of the Paris Agreement. Read more…

What am I supposed to do with my feelings?

Credits to David Tong

Credits to David Tong

By Margherita Tommasini

I experience panic attacks. I already share this struggle with the people I love, so it does not really matter if now the Internet will know about it.

I sort of knew what I was getting into. Last year I attended COP21 in Paris. I did not have accreditation for the Blue Zone, but I spent the three weeks in the Ville Lumières engaging with different levels of civil society and getting a glimpse of what climate negotiations look like.

In Marrakech I was finally able to unveil the true story.

Given my history of anxiety and general depression, in early September when it was time to decide whether to join the preparatory course to attend the COP, I had asked myself whether I could have handled an unknown amount of stressors and whether it was worth it. I told myself that I could not surrender to the monsters in my head. And I went for it.

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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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