After attending COP 28 in December, Shahan Salim, a PhD candidate in Public Health shares his opinion piece on the role of observers and the need for advocacy of voices less heard at the annual global climate change conference. Salim was invited to give a statement at the closing plenary on behalf of research and non-governmental organizations. In his reflection, he explains the thinking behind the words shared on this global stage.

Jose DiBella, Adjunct Assistant Professor in Geography and Environmental Management and Waterloo Climate Institute delegate attended COP28 in Dubai in-person and shares his reflections regarding the success of the proceedings. A sprawling venue and over-subscribed pass system presented barriers for delegates to collaborate, however, Jose DiBella shares that COP28 remains a key element in a transition to low-carbon future 

Monday, December 12, 2022

COP27 through a public health lens

Recently returned from Egypt, Dr. Zahid Butt, shares his experience attending COP27 for the first time and how observing the conference aided his understanding of the complexity and collaboration required to address climate change.

Isra Saeed, Waterloo COP27 delegate, has returned from Egypt and shares what it means to uphold climate justice, how the conference did/did not deliver the commitments needed, and reflects on what continues to bring her hope.

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Conference COP-versations

Waterloo COP27 delegate, Alexandra Ho, has returned from Egypt and provides insight into the shifting conversation dynamics, trending topics and priorities that she witnessed at this year’s climate change negotiations. She shares her reflection and key takeaways, and reminds us of the humanity and connection centered in the work of pursuing a net-zero future.