Our delegation got a bright and early start for the first day the 20th Conference of Parties (COP20) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). I was especially quick to get out the door because I was fasting from sunrise to sundown as part of the #FastForTheClimate campaign. We were on our way to the shuttle to the conference center by 6:30am. Upon arrival we split up to explore. There’s a space NGOs, a media center building, a space for official country booths, and plenaries, where the meetings that impact all parties take place.
Outdoor cafeteria area at the COP20 conference center
I spent most of my day in the NGO space. At 8am I attended the YOUNGO (Youth NGO) daily meeting. There were several components of this meeting that I really appreciated.
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There is a spirit of pipeline resistance spreading across our continent. Ranchers in Nebraska have united to protect their land from the Keystone XL pipeline, while college kids a thousand miles away pulled together XL Dissent, the largest act of youth civil disobedience since the Civil Rights movement to defend their future. Texas Tar Sands Blockade fiercely resisted pipeline construction to the South and, currently, in British Columbia, First Nations communities have formed an unbroken wall of resistance to bitumen bound for the Pacific. Last month, when police arrested five protesters and dismantled a blockade of Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline in Innerkip, Ontario, another blockade went up in North York that same day. Climate Justice is our movement, and pipeline resistance is the battle that unites movement frontlines across our continent.
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