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Green Visions
A Northland Morning feature focusing on local environmental issues, heard Wednesdays at 8:20 a.m. Green Visions is brought to you by All Energy Solar, Minnesota Power Energy Conservation Program, and Energy Plus.

Green Visions: Recapping COP27

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US Embassy Cairo [Via Flickr]

The Conference of the Parties in Egypt (COP27) recently wrapped up its efforts to develop processes, mechanisms, and agreements that focus on the global environment. "Our organization is really privileged to have accreditation to be able to go and observe these conferences every year," says Kristen Poppleton, the Senior Director of Programs from Climate Generation. Twelve members from Climate Generation joined many other organizations from around the world at COP27 this year. Poppleton also noted that the conference was a mixed bag.

"The biggest success with this was the implementation of... the 'Loss and Damage' Fund," says Poppleton. The fund focuses on aiding poor countries that are most impacted by climate change. Implementation will come at a cost to wealthier countries that have a larger negative impact on the environment. "Thirty years this has been on the table being pushed." But time was not the only ingredient. The consistency and presence of supporters has helped achieve the agenda. "It's work from civil society, from just people."

Not every moment was a victory at the conference, but Poppleton notes that the work requires forward-thinking. "We will continue to attend COP... we're going to continue to support young people throughout the state of Minnesota... we have the opportunity to push for some important changes, we're going to continue supporting teachers across North America teaching about climate change, supporting the next generation."

The next Conference of the Parties will be hosted in the Dubai in November of 2023.

Luke Moravec is the host for Northland Morning on The North 103.3. He’s also a local actor, musician and writer. He loves puzzles, riddles and fun mysteries.
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