Introducing our COP 25 delegation! We are spread all over the world for the next week and a half, with six members in Madrid, Spain, one member in Santiago, Chile, and one back in Bar Harbor, Maine, where Earth in Brackets is based. We will be following a variety of topics, working on a variety of projects, and as always - fighting for climate justice wherever we can!
^ Photo from the UN website
Here's a link from the New York Times explaining the controversy behind why COP 25 was moved from Chile to Spain.
Why COP 25 is Important
Here's a link from the Carbon Brief explaining the key points from the UN climate talks in Madrid.
Members of Our Delegation Madrid, Spain
1) Emma Strevey
2) Ania Wright
3) Isidora Munoz Segovia
4) Tina Drupa
5) Zoe Ernst
6) Katrine Oesterby
Members of Our Delegation Santiago, Chile
Bar Harbor, Maine
1) Felipe Andres Fontecilla Gutierrez
2) Agim Mazreku
^ (Left:) Tina, Emma, Katrine (Right:) Zoe, Isidora, Ania
Learn More About Our Delegation Members
Emma Strevey will be in Madrid. Emma is from Seattle, Washington, and is a second-year student at College of the Atlantic (COA). At COA, she concentrates on law, climate justice, agriculture, and visual arts. Emma has been a member of Earth and Brackets throughout her two years at COA. COP 25 will be her first COP, and she will be focusing on sustainable and climate-resistant agriculture and the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture. Emma is looking forward to learning as much as possible through observing negotiations and participating in side events.
Zoe Ernst will be in Madrid. She is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is a third year at College of the Atlantic where she focuses on writing, art, and climate justice, among other things. She plans to follow negotiations involving Loss and Damage and Adaptation. She also hopes to follow conversations and activism among members of civil society focusing on equity. This is Zoe’s first COP.
Katrine Oesterby will be in Madrid. Katrine is from Denmark and is a third year at College of the Atlantic. She focuses her studies on environmental science and politics and has spent the past year focusing on climate justice. At College of the Atlantic, Katrine is member as well as previous and upcoming chair of Campus Committee for Sustainability, she works for the Community Energy Center at College where she focuses on renewable energy, and she has been part of the team leading the Earth in Brackets group through school strikes and local activism. COP25 is her second COP and she will spend her time focusing on technology and energy negotiations, supporting climate justice networks and further develop the work on an online climate justice syllabus.
Ania Wright will be in Madrid. She is a senior at College of the Atlantic, focusing in environmental law and climate justice. She is currently serving as the youth representative for the Maine Climate Council, and hopes to bring the voices of the Maine Youth to Madrid. At the negotiations, she will be following negotiations on Article 6, conversations about carbon markets and geoengineering. She will also be working on a project called the Climate Justice Syllabus with other members of the delegation. This is Ania’s second COP.
Tina Drupa will be in Madrid. Tina was born in Latvia, where she grew up on her grandparents farm with strong values in land and respect for the environment. In her last two years of high school she went to the United World College in Netherlands where her interest and understanding about global issues was expanded. Now she is a second year student in College of the Atlantic, where she focuses her studies on socio-ecological issues and community building in urban areas. She is actively involved in College Campus Committee for Sustainably by working with campus policies on discarded resources and material management. In COP25 she will follow negotiations around real solutions in just transition, adaptation, side events, and engage with civil society actions, in order to take in as much as possible from the experience.
Agim Mazreku will be in Bar Harbor. He was born and raised in Prizren, Kosovo. Through his engagement in organizing numerous events related to environmental education and awareness-raising for the youth of Kosovo, he learned the importance of networking. His activism turned his attention to COP21 in 2015 and he has been following international climate policy ever since. In 2016, he graduated from the United World College of the Adriatic in Italy. His academic interest led him to College of the Atlantic as a Davis Scholar. He focused on climate and energy policy and took on many hands-on renewable energy projects. Back in Kosovo, he worked at the Ministry of Environment, where he acknowledged the need for a human ecological approach in the policy-making world. Worked for COA's Community Energy Center with the aspiration of receiving different perspectives on energy-related issues at a local scale. He recently worked for the United Nations Development Program on an Urban NAMA project, first of its kind in Kosovo. He follows matters related to technology transfer for mitigation and adaptation in the developing countries, and the work of the complementary bodies under the Technology Mechanism. He is also a M.S. Candidate in Climate Science and Policy at Bard College's Center for Environmental Policy.