Since returning I’ve been subliminally categorising my life as “life before COP” and “life after COP”. I do this because so much shifted, transformed and solidified for me while I was in Bonn and has continued to do so ever since - a journey that has been disheartening yet inspiring and generally intense.
Two key outtakes from the 2017 World Bank & IMF Annual Meetings for me:
1. The World needs more resilient infrastructure to withstand the impact of climate change 2. Schools need to teach more digital skills for the Age of Artificial Intelligence.
Applications are now open for our delegation to the UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech, Morocco.
Now I will admit, the thought of stepping up to speak to the UN assembly as the sole representative of over half the world’s population did terrify me a little.
The moment we know you've all been waiting for - we're excited to announce that applications are now open for not one, not two - but three international delegations in the first half of 2016.
I write this from my inner city Parisian hostel, nose still stinging from tear gas, sirens drowning out the background traffic noise.
This morning, I set out to observe and document the civil society demonstrations that were planned to take place despite the French Government's ban on protests of "two or more people with a political message".
It’s the final day here at the Conference of Youth (COY), actions are being planned, policy being written, connections continuing to be made and everyone is eager in anticipation of COP kicking off on Monday. The AYLI delegation have been at COY since Thursday immersing ourselves in the world of youth climate activism.
Today, our ADP 2.11 delegate Ben Abraham was published in ECO, the Climate Action Network newsletter at the UN climate negotiations. He shared his thoughts on this Bonn session's exclusion of civil society. Read the full text of his satirical piece below - and see the original article here.