The United States Climate Action Pavilion (also know as the We Are Still In pavilion) opened yesterday with a well attended panel discussion between US leaders representing the state level, universities, faith organizations, corporations, and cities. As described in a previous post about the US at COP23, this pavilion is not run by the federal government- as all other country pavilions are- but it is run by sub-national actors and is situated right outside the official negotiating venue.
Over the next week, they are hosting events ranging from "city actions to decarbonize buildings" to "the economic case for US climate action: views from congress and the private sector." We learned this morning that at least five US senators will be traveling to Bonn to speak in the US Climate Action Pavilion.
Wednesday is colleges and universities day at the pavilion, and UMaine Professor of Marine Policy, Dr. Aaron Strong, will be presenting during the panel called "The big sink: large-scale land management to meet climate goals." This will feature a discussion of the role that Land Grant Institutions can play in carbon sequestration.
You can follow along with the happenings at the US Climate Action Pavilion via the live stream! The full schedule of events is listed here.
Check out Will's post today, Earth Science Feeding the COP, to hear a little bit more about the US positions within the negotiations.
Will and Anna
Will is a US National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow at the University of Maine where he is pursuing a masters degree in the School of Earth and Climate Science. Will is interested in glaciers around the world and works with remotely sensed and in situ data to answer questions about glacier dynamics and mass balance.