Help Me: Climate Change Study Abroad at COP22


What We're Fundraising For

Check out our fundraising video: https://youtu.be/m9lnS1KqYy4
We are a group of seven graduate students studying climate change policy at the University of Minnesota. We're passionate about creating a more sustainable future through public policy. In our coursework we are developing mastery of climate change science, economics, and policy so that we can make a difference at the local, national, and international levels. 
This November, the parties to the United Nations Framework Convention will convene in Marrakech, Morocco for the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22). At the convention, the nations of the world will begin work on designing policy to implement the historic Paris Climate Agreement. Under the guidance of UMN Professor Gabe Chan, The Executive Director of the UMN Energy Transition Lab, Ellen Anderson, and Minnesota State Representative Melissa Hortman, we will be travelling to COP22. 
This will be a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience to experience the inner workings of real-world climate negotiations first hand. We have a great plan developed to prepare the students to dig deep into preparatory research, engage with policymakers while at COP-22, and disseminate our findings to the University of Minnesota, Minnesota policymakers, and the broader community. 
You can check out more about our travel plans on our group's webpage: http://z.umn.edu/umnatcop22
Keep checking back there for our reflections on the trip. We'll be regularly updating our blog as we prepare for our journey!

Why This Is Important To Us:

Climate change poses one of the greatest global policy challenges of this generation. Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs in a climate-constrained world will require creative thinking and policymaking. Empowering this group of graduate Public Affairs students to engage directly with international climate policy-making will help us learn how we can make a difference in working towards mutually beneficial solutions at the local and global scales.

How We Will Use The Funds:

We have an excited group of 7 Masters Students who want to attend, but we need help covering travel expenses. Please consider making a donation to support our trip. 
Check back on our blog to track what we're up to as we plan for the trip: http://z.umn.edu/umnatcop22

Our Strategy To Reach This Goal:
We are hoping to raise travel funds to support a group of 7 students and 3 faculty mentors. Every little bit helps. 

Perks:

We would love to give all of our supporters a shoutout on our blog and in all of the publications and public engagement efforts we participate in following the trip. 
We'll also take requests to bring back any special Moroccan souvenirs you would like: specialty rugs, embroidery, lanterns, spices, you name it. 

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