Forget the Negotiations and Let’s Act!

Climate change is certain and affects people and communities directly. After long days and nights of continuous negotiations that never seemed to come to an end, I was entirely fed up. My first day of Week 2 at COP 19 was tough and demoralizing. I heard from delegates of AOSIS (Alliance of Small Island States)…

How I see #COP19: Reflections by Fatin Chowdhury

#COP19 was a mess. I think it is perhaps necessary to let the course of events process a little bit before beginning to analyze the outcomes and impacts but as I get back to reality where the impending arrival of exams await, I fear not being able to do that in the best way I…

Bridging the Gap from Activism to Informed Influence

We’ve all been there. You’re sitting casually in a room; maybe absent-mindedly paying attention to what’s going on, when suddenly someone mentions climate change. Your ears perk up. Suddenly you’re wide-awake. The person across from you who you barely know starts talking about how climate change is a natural process and we as humans don’t…

Confronting climate change requires moving beyond ‘interests as usual’

For eight days in Warsaw, I was in the milieu of the 19th Conference of Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). As an observer, I followed developments at the science-policy interface as well as the civil-society-policy interface. Frequently, we heard that confronting climate change requires moving beyond ‘business as usual.’…

In Solidarity.

The human results of climate change were shared with the international community at the Conference of the Parties 19, in Warsaw, Poland with both vulnerable yet courageous heartfelt words. Chief negotiator, Yeb Saño, and Climate commissioner of the Philippines told a horrific and awakening story of the Super Typhoon Haiyan which is a crisis resulting in…