[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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Civil Society Demanding Urgent Action to Ensure Protection and Justice for Climate Migrants under the UNFCCC

by Andrea Fontana

On Thursday November 10th, civil society mobilized with a series of events to ask for legal protection and immediate action for climate migrants. The call to action was sparked from the fact that the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change does not offer legal protection for the average 21.5 million people that are displaced every year by the adverse impacts of climate change.

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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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Family Photo of all the signatories

Working Towards Another Green Revolution…the Ultimate Downfall of 4 per 1000

By Sara Velander and Jenna Farineau

There are a considerable amount of false solutions out in the world currently. You know – the “green solutions” that multinational corporations promote in their annual sustainability reports. Or the resilience projects that governments boast about during high-level conferences hosted by their town, city, or country. The types of solutions that look so innocent and honorable on the outside but are in reality the antithesis of their underlying goals and morals.

What Jenna and Sara experienced today was one of the extremes of these types of “solutions” to the greatest challenge our population faces today: climate change, a natural and anthropogenic process that is inherently linked to capitalism, terrorism, poverty, and inequity. Today did not just mark the second day of pivotal climate negotiations, but also was the official launch of the 4 per 1000: Soils for Food Security and Climate Initiative. It was a 2.5-hour side event hosted by the French Pavilion and moderated by the General Director for the Economic and Environmental Performance of Enterprises, Ministry for Agriculture, Food Processing Industry and Forestry. Read more…