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Conference Of the Parties? Conference Of the People!

17. Oktober 2017 @ 19:00 - 21:00

Always wanted to take part in climate action, but weren’t sure how? Are you interested in international climate diplomacy, but get lost among all the acronyms, actors, and policy nuances? Fossil Free Berlin has got you covered.

What’s our plan?
1) a brief introduction on the state of international climate diplomacy
2) an overview of what’s happening at the COP23 climate conference in Bonn this November and
3) why this is important and how you can get involved!

Sign up now! No entry fee 🙂

COP & Climate Justice workshop:

It’s that time of the year again! Another Conference of the Parties (COP) is happening, this time in Bonn, Germany. Most people have heard of COP21, from which the famed 2015 Paris Agreement emerged, and know that these conferences have something to do with international climate negotiations. But what do they have to do with people who don’t work at the United Nations? Can an average citizen have any significant effect on what happens this year?

We’re going to share some more information on the events in Bonn during our discussion and workshop, where we will talk about what exactly happens at these climate conferences. This year, Fiji will be leading COP, but it’s taking place in Germany. What connects Germany and Fiji in regards to climate change? As it turns out: a lot!

The most important topic we’ll be covering is what you can do to impact UN climate negotiations before, during, and after COP23. There will be plenty of in-person and virtual ways to get involved this year and ensure the delegations from all of our respective nations hear us loudly and clearly.

Schedule of events:

7 pm: Welcome
7.10 pm: Short film
7.15 pm: What are the COPs? (Mona Freundt, Fossil Free Berlin)
7.30 pm: Fiji, the Pacific host – What’s new with this year’s COP presidency and why is this Pacific voice important? (Karin Louise Hermes, M.A. in Pacific Islands Studies)
7.50 pm: Climate Justice – Where the movement is and where it’s going (Sarah Scott & Simon Schöning, Fossil Free Berlin)
8.10 pm: Q&A
8.20 pm: Discussion & group work
9 pm: The End & possibility to mingle

IMPORTANT: The workshop will be held in English. Please message us in case you should need translation and we can make sure that you can take part in every activity 🙂

Our speakers:

Mona Freundt:
Mona has been a Fossil Free Berlin activist for over a year. She believes in the momentum of the divestment movement as it gives people at a local level a voice to successfully stand up to the fossil fuel industry. Her professional background is in responsible investment and climate policy research. Mona holds a M.Sc. in Global Energy and Climate Policy from SOAS University of London.

Karin Louise Hermes:
Karin has a background in Sociology, Cultural Anthropology, and History with a regional focus on Southeast Asia and the Pacific. She has an M.A. in Pacific Islands Studies from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and is currently doing her PhD in American Studies at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin on human-environment relations in Hawai‘i.

Simon Schöning:
Simon is a graduate of East European Studies at the Free University Berlin, with a focus on Russia, energy, and environmental politics. He joined the Fossil Free movement in 2016 because he wants to contribute to a just and inclusive energy transition. He also sees Divestment as an important tool to achieve climate justice.

Sarah Olimpia Scott:
Sarah is a Brazilian-American engineer and activist based in Berlin. She became involved in the fossil fuel divestment movement as a university student and is interested in the intersection of activism, technology, and art. She holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from New York University.


17. Oktober 2017
19:00 - 21:00


Potsdamerstr. 105