Contrasting Energies: Reflections on the UN Biodiversity Conference

The United Nations Biodiversity Conference (COP15) was held December 7-19  in Montreal. Having studied environmental issues for both my bachelor’s and master’s degree, COP (Conference of the Parties) has been part of my vocabulary for years. I have always learned about the outcomes, especially from the climate COPs, but this time, I was fortunate to attend COP15 and track the negotiations for the Global Biodiversity Framework, the agreement debated on by government representatives before it was handed over for final debate by ministers, in addition to watching events that centered around topics of faith-based work, ecosystem restoration, finance, and empowering

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Global Support for UNEA Plastics Treaty Brings Hope

During the closing plenary session of the fifth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly, or UNEA 5.2, earlier this year, representatives gave a standing ovation for the passing of a resolution: “End Plastic Pollution: Towards an Internationally Legally Binding Instrument.” In order to understand how groundbreaking this really is, we must understand the shortcomings of earlier proposals to fix the climate crisis. Fossil fuel and petrochemical companies are adept at greenwashing, providing a veneer of good spirit when it comes to curbing fossil-fuel emissions. But it’s all talk to protect their interests and bottom lines. The fossil fuel industry and the

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