COP16–the 16th Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change–will be held in Cancun, Mexico, from November 29 to December 10. While no one expects the sort of political fireworks that occurred during COP15 in Copenhagen in 2009, COP16 will have its share of important negotiations and decisions on the future of Earth’s climate.
Leah Block and Anthony Tomaine are seniors majoring in chemistry at York College in York, Penn. Leah and Anthony and two of their chemistry professors, Keith Peterman and Greg Foy, are attending the second week of COP16. They are being sponsored by the ACS Committee on Environmental Improvement. For the next several weeks, Leah and Anthony will be guest bloggers on the Editor’s Blog on CENtral Science. They will be commenting on climate change science, getting ready for COP16, and the conference itself.
“Greg Foy and I served as co-chairs of an ACS Action Team that grew out of the ACS Sustainability Engagement Event held during the spring 2010 ACS national meeting in San Francisco,” Peterman says. “Two stated purposes of our team were to make sustainability the prevalent theme of all IYC-2011 events and to go viral with sustainability initiatives.”
Foy and Peterman presented their “Incorporating Sustainability into IYC-2011 Action Team” proposal at the fall national meeting in Boston. The purpose of “Kick-off IYC 2011 by Outreach via the United Nations Climate Conference” is to provide a platform for chemistry students to “tell the story” concerning the global dialog about climate change, Peterman explains.
“The COP16 UN climate conference is the ideal introduction to this global issue,” Peterman says. “Leah and Anthony’s goal is to provide insight on a level that will appeal to students world-wide. These same students will also be creating videos in support of the full proposal focused on “Incorporating Sustainability into the International Year of Chemistry 2011.”
Look for posts from Leah and Anthony here over the next several weeks.
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