'State in 60 Seconds' Video -- #COP20 and Climate Change

Posted by Georgia Mu
December 3, 2014

This week marks the start of the 20th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Lima, Peru. This conference brings together climate negotiators from around the world to tackle some of our planet's most pressing climate change issues. In this "State in 60 Seconds" video, Clare Sierawski, Chief of Staff to Todd Stern, Special Envoy for Climate Change, explains what the COP is and why this conference matters to everyone.

Don't forget that you can participate in side events at COP-20 online by visiting the U.S. Center's YouTube Channel. You can also submit questions to our presenters using the chat box on the YouTube Live Event page, through the YouTube comment section, or on Twitter using the hashtag #AskUSCenter.

About the Author: Georgia Mu serves in the Department of State's Bureau of Oceans, International Environmental, and Scientific Affairs (OES). She is the Assistant Manager of the U.S. Center at COP-20.

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Jo B.
United States
December 10, 2014
Glad to see this video after spending hours reading and writing about climate change - you made a concise and informative statement - nice work, Ms. Mu! I have a message for Secretary Kerry, and our negotiators, not sure where else to send it, so here goes: Dear Secretary Kerry and climate negotiators Thank you for pursuing cleaner air (and a lesser degree of climate change) in your recent talks with the Chinese. We have a long way to go, but thanks to your efforts, at least the USA and China have begun the process of working together to save our still wonderful world for the generations to come. I write to ask you to follow up that significant step with what in comparison may seem to be an Olympic caliber broad-jump! It is a lot to ask of you, but no more than what is needed at this perilous time, and no more than what you are capable of, I am sure. This will sound overly dramatic, but I believe that the welfare of many of the sentient beings now on this planet, including my son, as well as those yet to come, including his children and grandchildren, is largely in your hands. There will be no saving the planet for life as we know it if the USA does not boldly lead the way in climate action, just as there would have been no saving Europe without the USA's bold intervention and leadership seventy-three years ago. And, of course, you will be the voice of our country at the climate talks in Lima. Please, use that voice to inspire and insist on a rapid transition from fossil fuels to the cleaner energy of non-carbon producing renewables! We are depending on all of you, Secretary Kerry and our negotiators, to lead the nations of the world to an understanding of what is at stake now, and to a commitment to make the sacrifices necessary to secure a livable world for our descendants. I will attend daily Mass in order to pray that you will find the strength, courage and wisdom needed to fulfill your destiny. May God bless and keep you, Mr. Secretar, and our hard-working negotiators. P.S. If you never had the time to read Bill McKibben's article, "Global Warming's Terrifying New Math", it is a very concise explication of why 99% of the world's scientists say that our civilization has reached the point of no return with regard to burning more fossil fuels It would be the perfect reading prior to or during the climate talks! here is a link: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/global-warmings-terrifying-new-math-20120719?page=4 Jo Ann Basgall drjobas@gmail.com here is a link: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/global-warmings-terrifying-new-math-20120719?page=4


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