The Climate Generations area is an interesting space to spend time in: there are exhibitions, art installations, screening rooms, lectures, food vendors, booths for NGOs and other organizations. There is so much to do and explore here—it can be overwhelming!
"I love being in this space where it is acceptable to walk up to someone, ask who they are and why they are here"
One of my favorite parts of the COP so far is how it is a melting pot of people. Everyone here cares deeply about climate change, but we all come from so many different walks of life. Already, I’ve met a Colombian law student interested in pursuing environmental policy, a South African NGO representative and university student, and other American students. In front of the conference center, I’ve chatted with a Swedish man who participated in a pilgrimage from the North Pole. In line for the conference shuttle, I met a representative of WWF France. My seat buddy on the bus this morning was a woman who is part of the Gambian delegation. If you stand outside of the conference hall, where there are pillars with flags from 195 countries, you’ll see people representing every nation approach to take a photo with their own flag.
I love being in this space where it is acceptable to walk up to someone, ask who they are and why they are here: most people are eager to talk if they have the time and are similarly interested in climate issues. It is incredibly inspiring to see so many people come together to work on this issue; I just hope that the negotiations yield a result with a similar spirit of cooperation.
Tous ensemble pour le climat!