Sunday, December 6, 2009

Conference of Youth--Day 2

Today was the second and final day of the Conference of Youth. I learned more about climate change issues and joined discussions to contribute to the youth voice in addressing particular issues.

One of the young women in my delegation, Sara-Linnea, welcomed all of the youth at the conference this morning.

I attended a workshop about the Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) policy. I learned about the importance of protecting the world’s intact forests and allowing degraded forests to recover. Hopefully, carbon emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in all countries will be reduced.

I participated in a second workshop about carbon trading. We discussed the problem with carbon trading on sustainable development and learned about the economics surrounding the issue.

After lunch, we divided ourselves into regional groups. I joined the US group and discussed communications with the US working group. It was the first time since being at the here that I really focused on American issues. It was empowering to setup youth goals for the US with an understanding of the vision of the youth of the world.

This afternoon, we finally received our credentials for the UN Climate Change Conference at the Bella Center. Very exciting!!

Tomorrow COP15 officially begins.

Yours truly in guiding and scouting,


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