Our Blood is the Redline

Our blood is the Redline   Let rage empower and embolden you Despair and sadness can’t steal your light We do not make compromises- those are the tools of the guilty We must remember: we are here to live, not just to survive   My tears cannot fix the drought ravaging my home Or undoContinue reading “Our Blood is the Redline”

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COP21 Green-washed Logo is a Tonne of Hot Air

Literally. Does this logo just released by the UNFCCC remind you of anything? Something that is touted as green but in reality is leading to Tonnes of methane emissions and ruining air, water, and human health around the world?  “Natural” Gas company and project logos, perhaps? You know- that ones that make this dangerous andContinue reading “COP21 Green-washed Logo is a Tonne of Hot Air”

The “A” in USA Does Not Stand for “Accountability”

Or Action. Or Ambition. Or Admirable. Or.. well anything positive as far as I’m concerned. The UN Climate Talks are approaching being the longest in history as we await the re-opening of the negotiations at 11pm in Lima. The spark seems to have left and the fear of having a “deal” that doesn’t take intoContinue reading “The “A” in USA Does Not Stand for “Accountability””

Speaking Truth to Power: Gender Day

The state of gender at the Conference of Parties(COP) is largely unchanged since I have been attending for the last 3 years since COP18 in Doha, Qatar. As countries are called upon to raise ambitions regarding emissions targets, Gender Day stands as a reminder that ambition must encompass more cross-cutting issues. Gender Day emerged atContinue reading “Speaking Truth to Power: Gender Day”

We Said We’d Be Back #volveremos

But are we really? We have been so limited that I wonder if we really are here. The first three days of the conference can be described in a few words: Inaction, Redundancy, and Frustration. And yet… Here we are. Civil Society, the people supposed to be represented by our negotiators, fighting to be heard. WhileContinue reading “We Said We’d Be Back #volveremos”

State of the (Climate) Union

By 2015, the world must commit to new, stronger stances regarding action against climate change. The current platform for achieving this change is through the United Nations platform, called the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). In light of the recent carbon proposal from the White House, there is much that the environmental and largerContinue reading “State of the (Climate) Union”

I’m a woman, not a mythical creature.

That’s what it feels like, though. You hear stories of mythical creatures, but you never see them. The same phenomena can be seen with female-bodied party delegates. People keep asking me “why are you even talking about gender at a climate change conference?” Well. Where do I even begin? For background LISTEN to my interview with theContinue reading “I’m a woman, not a mythical creature.”

From One Oil State to Another.

Here I sit, right where I began in Texas. My journey from one oil state to another has shaped the way I see the world. Right now, I can say that I’m experiencing some slight reverse culture shock. Why are women showing so much skin when it’s this cold outside? I don’t hear car hornsContinue reading “From One Oil State to Another.”

Byline? Skyline.

Every evening, I have a long hour and a half to two hour long bus ride back from the QNCC (conference center) and my hotel. In the event that I am not sitting next to anyone, or anyone who would like to talk, this is my go to song: “I got, got to get GetContinue reading “Byline? Skyline.”

Let the COP Begin!!!

Monday, November 26 marked the opening of the Conference of Parties 18 (COP18). My day started off bright and early with a meeting with Youth NGOs (YOUNGO) to discuss and share our ideas and what work we would like to get done at this COP. The official day of the COP started with the opening plenary.Continue reading “Let the COP Begin!!!”