I’ve starting packing my bags. Wool socks? Got ’em. Parka? Just arrived in the mail. It’s going to be a difficult change going from 80 degree weather in Texas to the 40 degree highs in Warsaw, but I’m definitely ready to be back at the COP and to travel to Europe for the first time!
My first year of COP I was really there just to learn and try to understand this ridiculous, wonky, frustrating, and rewarding conference. This year, my focus is continuing my work with the Women and Gender Caucus: a collective of women from around the world combining our fields of knowledge to make sure that all bodies of the UNFCCC take gender issues into consideration.
I will be leaving soon to attend Power Shift Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)/the Conference of Youth(COY9) where I will be leading a workshop with a fellow delegate about integrating Anti-Oppression principles into the work that we, as youth, are doing at an international level to respond to climate change.
I’m especially excited for the release of a new monitoring system called the Environment and Gender Index(EGI), which compiles data from 75 different countries and reports the work they are doing to promote more gender-sensitive practices.
It’s hard to believe that it is already November and that 7 months worth of preparation and a year’s worth of waiting are finally coming to a close. It’s almost COP time!
A reminder from last year’s COP in Doha:
Keepin’ it rollin’: HERE I COME, POLAND!!