CGRER members to present on COP21 experience


Paris Climate Change Talks FINAL

Brittany Simmons | March 9, 2016

Two University of Iowa graduate students will give a presentation on Thursday to discuss their experience at the COP21 (Conference of the Parties) climate conference in Paris last December and how both the United States and Iowa fit into the international climate discussion.

Speakers for the event include Nick Fetty and KC McGinnis, both of whom are master’s students in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Fetty and McGinnis represented the UI’s Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (CGRER) by blogging and producing video reports of the events they covered while in Paris.

Kelsey Kramer McGinnis with the UI’s Center for Human Rights will also present. Kramer McGinnis attended COP21 and covered events from a human rights perspective.

During COP21 representatives from 196 parties came together to approve an accord that “limits average global warming to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial temperatures and strives for a limit of 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) if possible.” COP21 took place from November 3o through December 13.

Thursday’s event begins at 12:40 p.m. in room 225 of the Boyd Law Building. Sponsors include the International Law Society, International & Comparative Law Programming, the Office of Sustainability, and the UI Center for Human Rights.

Fetty along with Andrea Cohen – a PhD student in social studies education who also attended COP21 as a representative for CGRER – discussed their experiences and its relevance to Iowa during an event hosted by the Iowa United Nations Association in Cedar Falls last month.

Brittany Simmons is a student in the UI College of Law and the main organizer of Thursday’s event.

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