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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Lost and damaged: International politics playing with our lives.

By Kendall Cook

I found myself walking through the bourgeois neighborhood Saint-Germain, an ornate path to a prestigious institution where I was meeting an elite group of Loss and Damage experts.  There were about twenty to twenty five people in the room, all professionals over the age of thirty, half of which were sustainable development directors of various NGOs, the other, self-involved bureaucrats.  I was the outlier.

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A Long Term Goal in the Paris Agreement: A Failure Without Differentiation & Equity

By Paige Nygaard

We are getting closer and closer to the end of COP21. Anticipation is growing to seeing what disaster will unfold within the text. Will it be slightly bad? Absolutely terrible? How much will the United States be able to shift the burden of climate change to other countries while also blaming them for any bad deal in Paris?

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Leaders Event and Japanese position toward the COP 21

Leaders Event and Briefing by the Spokesperson of the Government of Japan on the Japanese position toward the COP 21 from the first day of Climate Negotiation

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Opening Plenary for the Paris Agreement – False Promises on Transparency and Ambition

by Sergio Cahueque and Sara Velander

The Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) opening session took place on Sunday, November 29th at 5 PM, starting with a minute of silence to honor all the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris two weeks ago. The purpose of the ADP in the next week is to consolidate a document that the parties can adopt, as a protocol or other legal instrument, under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The brief one-hour opening session of the ADP, facilitated by the ADP co-chairs Ahmed Djoghlaf from Algeria and Daniel Reifsnyder from the US, comprised of several welcoming remarks from the COP20 and COP21 presidents. The president of COP20, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, emphasized that this ADP session should finish with an agreement and that will require radical change in modes of work in order for the ADP to succeed in the objectives laid out in Durban three years ago. In order to be effective in these negotiations, the COP20 president highlighted the need to follow text-specific, solutions-oriented engagement among the parties. Parties will need to apply inclusiveness and transparency to the party-driven process so that a “balanced and concise agreement” will be reached by the end of the first week.

Opening Session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced action.

Opening Session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced action.

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