Climate change is real, happening now, and humans are the cause. The worst effects can only be prevented by our actions and they cannot be solved by one nation alone.
That’s why the United States is joining together with our partners around the world over the next two weeks at the 19th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Warsaw, Poland – otherwise known as COP-19. As a participant in the conference, the Department of State is hosting the U.S. Center in Warsaw, a major public outreach initiative of the United States to inform audiences around the world about U.S. actions on climate change. This public diplomacy initiative, made possible by input and support from multiple U.S. Government agencies, academic institutions, nongovernmental organizations, private sector entities, and other stakeholders, will highlight key climate programs and scientific research, and also underscore the strong actions the U.S. is taking at home and the robust strategy the U.S. is pursuing abroad to combat this global challenge.
You can participate in events at the U.S. Center in Warsaw through social media. Several events will be live-streamed at http://www.ustream.tv/uscenter and you can check out the latest schedule on Tumblr. All U.S. Center events are followed by question and answer sessions, so please ask the experts your questions from anywhere in the world using #AskUSCenter. And don’t forget to follow @StateDept, @StateDeptOES, and @US_Center for the latest information about COP-19.
As Secretary Kerry said on Earth Day this year, “From the far reaches of Antarctica’s Ross Sea to tropical wetlands in Southeast Asia, we have a responsibility to safeguard and sustainably manage our planet’s natural resources, and the United States remains firm in its commitment to addressing global environmental challenges.” Learn more about the Department of State at COP-19 at http://www.state.gov/cop19/.
About the Author: Hannah Johnson serves as an associate editor for DipNote.