By Caitlin Petersen, Central Queensland University
Anyone who has been fortunate enough to attend a COP (Conference of Parties), will tell you how crazy it is. Plenaries, side events, meetings, informal events... the list goes on. There is no way to fully articulate the wondrous chaos that is the COP, but I will do my best to wrap up day 5 and 6 of my experiences at COP22 in Marrakech, Morocco.
Friday began with a meeting with the Policywatch team representing Palau at COP22. To hear their amazing stories from how they grew from students to delegates was absolutely fantastic! Global Voices is such a wonderful opportunity and it was so great to meet some of the inspirational Global Voices alumni working with Palau at COP22.
We were also able to meet with Professor Robyn Eckersley, whose knowledge on all things climate and way of so eloquently articulating this, made the opportunity to listen and speak with her a memorable part of this trip.
Friday also saw a busy schedule of side events and informal meetings ranging from Loss and Damage in Small Island Developing States to financing adaptation in African nations.
Saturday marked the last day for week one and it was hectic. We found ourselves moving quickly from event to event to ensure we made it on time. Particularly enjoyable were the different events being held in the Thailand, Malaysian and Japanese pavilions. REDD+ (forestation) was a popular topic amongst these pavilions alongside the need for partnership with pacific islands. I particularly enjoyed a financing workshop in the Japanese pavilion, which considered necessary steps required for financing adaptation in the pacific region.
That evening the whole team dined at a Moroccan cafe before meeting up with other youth delegates to head to a party hosted by Climate Action Network (CAN). Everyone – from youth NGOs to formal delegates – was in attendance, brought together by their joint desire for climate action. It was nice to see everyone let their hair down and come together to enjoy what the night had to offer.
That is all for week 1, but I can't wait to see what week 2 will bring!