COP17: On the Ground for the Latest Round of Climate Talks

It’s that time of the year again.  Leaves are changing.  Warm jackets are emerging from attic closets.  Forgotten winter boots reappear in mudrooms.  And diplomats, from all corners of the globe, are gathering, as they do this time every year, to contemplate the future of our planet and, quite possibly, engineer a solution to the greatest crisis our world has ever faced.

I am of course referring to the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – a two-week long international smorgasbord of ceremonies, presentations, working group sessions, activist demonstrations and closed-door, late-night meetings aimed at stabilizing the world’s changing climate.

It began this Monday in Durban, South Africa, and SAGE Magazine, as luck would have it, was along for the ride.  From here on out we will be posting daily blogs from student observers, along with conference commentary, analysis, and perhaps a little cheek.

For all of our coverage so far, go here.

So check back in often.   And don’t forget to checkout Yale’s official COP17 blog while you’re at it (it’ll be the same but different).

[1] And the 7th Session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the parties (CMP7) to the Kyoto Protocol.

Aaron Reuben

Aaron Reuben is an editor-at-large and the former editor-in-chief of Sage Magazine. He holds a Masters of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, where he focused on governance of global marine resources. Aaron is a Get Out the Vote Director for Obama for America in western Pennsylvania. He is co-founder of the Brooklyn-based literary arts journal Armchair/Shotgun.

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