Making History in Paris: Yale and the COP21 Climate Talks
Faculty and Students Help Shape Key International Negotiations
For the dozens of Yale students, faculty, and staff who were in Paris for the landmark climate talks this month, it was more than just a rare chance to watch history unfold up close. They helped make history.
On the Road to Paris: F&ES Students at COP21
Twenty-five students from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies are working on projects that will help shape the critical COP21 climate talks in Paris this December. For many of these students, this work will mean a front seat to the historic negotiations. Read their stories
Throughout the COP21 talks, members of the community — including 60 students from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and Yale College — filled a wide range of roles. They served as delegators at the conference, provided critical translation, spoke on panels, and presented original research. They hosted side events, covered breaking news on social media, and worked with NGOs, international coalitions, student organizations, and Yale-based programs.
And ultimately they each played a part in achieving a historic agreement, which sets an ambitious target to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
On Dec. 1, during the final lecture of the YSE Diverse Voices series in Kroon Hall, faculty and students will discuss how their work is contributing to climate solutions at all levels, and their expectations for success at the Paris climate talks.
Yale Environmental Sustainability Summit
The first ever Yale Environmental Sustainability Summit, held on Nov. 6-7, aimed to strengthen a network of Yale leaders in sustainability, create opportunities for collaboration — and provided a platform to discuss potential outcomes in Paris. Read more