Fletcher School pre-doctoral fellow, Fang Zhang, discusses her experience at COP24 by describing what it felt like to attend a climate conference in a city with a substantial coal mining history. Fang also emphasizes the long process of negotiation and how certain anti-climate entities prove to be relatively ineffective in halting climate action.
Rishi Bhandary, a Fletcher School pre-doctoral fellow, discusses his experience at COP24, emphasizing the gridlock between parties in regards to Article 6 of The Paris Agreement. Rishi has extensive research knowledge of the topic, and analyzes the various agreed-upon and controversial topics that came up throughout negotiations.
Eliot Martin, a graduate student at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, provides insight into the events at COP24 in the Indonesia Pavilion. Eliot states that, “Indonesia now finds itself in a no-win position with a commodity that has become the backbone of its rural economy,” in regards to the extensive palm oil production occurring in the country.
Allison Meyer, a graduate student at Tufts University in the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, writes about her first week at the COP24, emphasizing that the least privileged people are often the ones most affected by the effects of climate change. In particular, Allison discusses a panel she attended that focused on the displacement, loss of home, and loss of culture for the people of Tuvalu and indigenous communities in Alaska.
Helen Mizrach, an undergraduate student studying Biopsychology with a minor in Food Systems and Nutrition at the School of Arts and Sciences, describes her first day at the COP 24. Helen provides details on the opening ceremony, the inauguration of the Climate Action Hub, a compelling discussion about the intersection of religion and climate change by Gyalwang Drupka, and a workshop on agriculture.
Fletcher student, Grace Tamble, discusses her third day at the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) in Katowice, Poland. Grace describes attending a hearing from IRENA, the International Renewable Energy Agency, as well as other events that focused on the theme of energy transition, while also mentioning Katowice’s deep history of coal mining and its impact.