COP23: “Save the world”

By: Barbara Zennaro In 1992, during the Earth summit in Rio de Janeiro, a 12 year old girl gave a speech “for all the generation to come,” telling the present leaders: “ We are your own children. You are deciding what kind of world we will grow up in … Are we even on your […]

Global Change Ecology Students at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn

By: Katharina Funk What once seemed unthinkable is now unstoppable. – Ban Kin Moon, former UN general secretary The groundbreaking 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, France (21st meeting of the conferences of the parties, COP21) was an important step towards fighting climate change globally. 197 states committed to keeping the warming of […]

Impacts World Conference – Potsdam (October 11th to 13th, 2017) PART III

By: Katharina Funk, Anna-Lena Hendel, Claudia Steinacker Too many people buy too many things, with money they have not earned, to impress people they do not like. – Dr. Maja Göpel Eleven GCE students participated and volunteered at the Impacts World Conference in Potsdam, Germany on the impacts of Climate Change, here their reflections on […]

Impacts World Conference – Potsdam (October 11th to 13th, 2017) PART II

By: Katharina Funk, Anna-Lena Hendel, Claudia Steinacker We have entered a stage of post-truth politics. We need trust in science and facts. – Prof. Dr. Klaus von Klitzing Eleven GCE students participated and volunteered at the Impacts World Conference in Potsdam, Germany on the impacts of Climate Change, here their impressions on Day  2 on Climate […]

Impacts World Conference – Potsdam (October 11th to 13th, 2017) PART I

Eleven GCE students participated and volunteered at the Impacts World Conference in Potsdam, Germany on the impacts of Climate Change By: Katharina Funk, Anna-Lena Hendel, Claudia Steinacker On October 11th, 2017 Prof. Dr. Dr. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, head of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research PIK opened the Impacts World International conference on the […]

IPBES5- International Women’s Day

As International Women’s Day is celebrated, we would like to draw special attention and gratitude toward the many brilliant female leaders, participants, and volunteers at IPBES5–especially our own Global Change Ecology students who have contributed so much to this conference. IPBES Chair Sir Robert Walton released the following statement: “The issue of gender is of […]

Day 2: IPBES Branding and Review

Unfortunately, the plenary is still stuck on organizational matters. For example, use of the IPBES acronym and logo by member countries and other organizations. Is the current policy of IPBES (approved at IPBES-4) too restrictive? Some see wider use of these as a potential risk to the credibility of the organization. On the other, many […]