Youth is engaged at COP23


The 13th Conference Of Youth (COY13) took place before the opening of COP23 in Bonn from November 2 to 4. This meeting brought together international organizations and associations of young people engaged in climate action. It is part of the International Youth Climate Movement, which holds and directs climate actions organized by youth. YOUNGO is one of 9 civil society groups represented in the UNFCCC and has been accredited  as an observer member since 2009.


I was at the YOUNGO meeting this morning, where young people from all over the world gathered with the bottom-lining team (which is YOUNGO slang for managing team) to discuss and brief the audience about what is happening in the negotiations. The way these people talk and lead meetings is very nice. It is based upon deep transparency and equality rules, where everyone can hold the microphone to share their views.

The meeting began with the famous energizer, a short role-playing game where everyone sings, dances and shakes their body to wake up. Every meeting relies on the some communication rules in order to not to create a mess each time a discussion is brought to the table.  This helps ensure a democratic process. If you fully agree with something being said, turn your wrists above your head.  If you do not, move one hand up and down. To talk after someone, raise your hand above your head. If you want to make a direct response to a long speech, lower this hand towards the ground.

The meeting then continued with a discussion about the results of an internal election of representatives of the Global South. The atmosphere became tense over disagreements resulting from a previous discussion. Voices of speakers, seated all around in the audience, became more and more trembling, aggressive or calming, until a woman said: “We are here to fight against climate change, not to fight against each other.” Her intervention helped bring the discussion to a close.  However a few people remained emotional, as they had spent day and night negotiating these agreements.

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Tears and tensions are part of the will to bring about global change as are smiles and joys. Thanks to these profoundly engaged young people, the agreements signed by the parties incorporate youth interests.



#SamNosCuenta: Notes from the COP: Days 6 and 7


As negotiators prepped for the second and final week of COP23, we, at La Ruta, have been covering the events taking place in the Climate Action and Bonn Zones.


Panelists for Business Case for Advancing Strong Climate Leadership and Policy in California event

Saturday’s highlight was the arrival of several high profile figures to the United States Climate Action Zone.  Former Vice President Al Gore spoke on Maintaining U.S. Engagement in International Climate Finance. He was joined by Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, Senior Director for Climate Policy and Programs for New York City Dan Zarrilli, Davenport, Iowa Mayor Frank Klipsch and representatives from the private sector.  Participants reaffirmed their commitment to the $100 billion finance goal, despite the recent political developments in the United States, with Gore affirming that the “train left the station in Paris.”

Former Vice President Al Gore speaking on Maintaining U.S. Engagement in International Climate Finance

“These fast, urbanizing, growing cities, particularly in the developing world, are seeing that the path toward more fossil fuel use is a dead end,” Gore said.  “As a result, investors all over the world are seeing this opportunity open up.  When you cross the threshold, where renewables are cheaper than fossil fuels, it is not a minor change…All over the developing world and the developed world, we are seeing investors poised to put vast new flows of capital into this sustainability revolution, which represents the biggest investment opportunity in the history of the world.”

In a panel discussion with McAuliffe, Merkley highlighted the corrupting role money has had on U.S. politics in relation to climate finance.

“We need to kick the Koch brothers out of every state,” said Merkley.

The session on climate finance was followed by a panel discussion on the Business Case for Advancing Strong Climate Leadership and Policy in California.  The panel participants were Californians committed to the Paris Agreement, including Governor Jerry Brown, Chief Operating Officer of Fetzer Vineyards Cindy DeVries, Steve Malnight, Senior Vice President for Strategy and Policy of Pacific Gas & Electric, and Kaiser Permanente Vice President and Environmental Stewardship Officer Kathy Gerwig.  They discussed the role of the private and public sectors in California in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

“If you get Trump, you get more carbon reduction,” said Brown.  “He gives carbon denial a bad name.  He is the poster boy for climate denial.”

Brown went on to say: “A little bit of Trump will go a long way.  Too much will destroy us all.”

Governor Jerry Brown speaking on Advancing Strong Climate Leadership and Policy in California 

Brown was highly critical of President Trump, but optimistic about how his presidency has mobilized environmentalists throughout the United States. 

On Sunday, members from La Ruta del Clima joined speakers and panelists for a side event with the International Union for the Conservation (IUCN) on Youth Voices.  Speakers from the Independent Association of Latin America and the Caribbean (AILAC), IUCN’s Environmental Law Center, International Forestry Students Association (IFSA), YMCA’s Resource Group on the Environment and others talked about their work related to climate change and perspectives on this year’s COP.





Ph. D. Student Pananya Larbprasertporn


“I do have hope. Or perhaps I am just forcing myself to have hope,” said Anna Pretel, an intern from the Environmental Law Center.   “But I feel that is just talking and talking in the negotiation and not action. If we want to solve this problem we have to act now. We are running out of time.”




Side Event #COP23: Youth Voices


Youth Voices: this side event focuses on discussing strategies for addressing global climate change challenges from the youth perspective. The event will promote the exchange of experiences, strengthening interaction between ‘youth voices’ and young environmental leader panelists. The event will encourage the role of the youth community in environmental problems.

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Lugar / Place: IUCN Pavilion – Pabellon #COP23

Date / Fecha: 12 Nov.

Hora / Time: 10.15 -11.45


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Notes from the Bonn Zone: Days 2 and 3


The climate negotiations in Bonn are off to a promising start in advancing the implementation of the Paris Agreement, with Syria pledging to sign the Paris Agreeement on Tuesday.  Side events and exhibitions in the Bonn Zone on Tuesday and Wednesday highlighted the significance of what is at stake in these negotiations.  


China opened its Tuesday sessions in the Bonn Zone with a side event on China’s Energy Conservation and its Contribution to Addressing Climate Change.  This talk focused on China’s conservation and emission reduction efforts as well its conservation policies and measures.  Panelists discussed the link between energy efficiency and economic prosperity as well as China’s energy conservation plans for 2050.

 At the same time, the World Wildlife Fund’s pavilion hosted a Spanish-speaking side event, Challenges and Opportunities for Climate Action in Latin America and the Caribbean in the New Political Context. Adrian Martinez of La Ruta del Clima served as the panel’s moderator while other panel members included representatives from Mexico, Colombia and Peru. 

Topics included how to involve local governments in climate action plans, the connection between climate change, development and education, the importance of civil society in climate change governance and the effect of political transitions on climate policy.  

“Climate change is not something that just affects us personally or physically,” said Anne Dunn of Fiji. “It’s something, that as islanders, as a Fijian, affects the very core of who we are.  It affects my identity.”

At the close of the meeting, Fiji’s Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources, Mereseini Vuniwaq said: “We have seen here today how six people from different countries in the Pacific, who did not even know each other a short time ago, can come together to produce beautiful and insightful videos, uniting as one voice. They are not video professionals and they are not professional entertainers.  They are six very intelligent young people with good ideas and generous hearts.  They are happy to devote themselves to something much larger than they are, much greater than all of us.”

Vuniwag went on to say: “I am thrilled to send these voices forth with a message to the world from the Pacific.  The crisis is now, the solution is now and the commitment must be now.”

On Wednesday afternoon, a panel of British scientists convened at the United Kingdom pavillion for the side event: Ocean Options: Climate Challenges and Science Responses for Seas and Society.  Panelists discussed the effects of ocean acidification, sea level rise, ocean temperature change and oxygen loss.

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Philip Williamson of the University of East Anglia discusses the effects of change in ocean temperature over the past several decades.

They also discussed their projects that included looking at offshore carbon dioxide storage deep below the seabed and studying blue carbon, the process by which plants move carbon dioxide into living biomass.

Late Wednesday afternoon, panelists from various NGOs throughout Latin America discussed their role in challenging the status quo and implementing innovative and sustainable technologies in their respective countries.





 One of the panelists was Luis Pérez, who works for Sailcargo Inc., a carbon negative transportation company based in Costa Rica.  

The Sailcargo Inc. team is developing a ship powered by wind and solar that seeks innovative and sustainable solutions to the shipping industry.  Pérez explained that Costa Rica, with its proximity to the Panama Canal, supply of sustainable wood resources and reputation as an eco-friendly country, serves as an optimal base for the company.

Primer Día = COP20 = First Day



Empezamos el día corriendo a registrarnos para poder ingresar a #COP20. En este viaje hemos enfrentado muchos obstáculos y retos pero todos han sido un paso dentro de nuestro aprendizaje. El poder ingresar al corazón de la COP20 nos ha facilitado conocer que es lo que ocurre y como se mueve el mundo de las negociaciones de cambio climático.


Un momento de desconcierto al poder entrar y sentirse con la inminente tarea de aprender cómo funciona esta gran reunión climática.  Por lo que decidí avanzar y recorrer los diferentes espacios observando y preguntando. Fue una gran tarea que a este día no creo haberla dominado pero es parte de nuestro viaje en @larutadelclima.


El primer día llegue bien temprano y los salones del pabellón G estaban vacíos ya que las ONGs no habían llegado aún. Me dedique a verlas una por una para darme una idea de quienes logran tener un espacio en la COP. Me recuerda que en el otro recinto abierto al público VocesXelClima habían muchas ONGs que aún tengo pendiente visitar.


A las ocho de la mañana se reunía #Youngo que es un órgano constituyente de la UNFCC en el cual pueden participar los jóvenes. Les invito a visitar la pagina web: Esta organización se encarga de unir a los jóvenes del mundo para incidir en las negociaciones de la COP. Durante la COP los jóvenes que están acreditados se reúnen para planear las actividades que se realizaran en la COP20. Sin embargo, Youngo se maneja de manera virtual y todos pueden ser miembros si te unes a la lista de correos.


En todos los pabellones hay cientos de personas hablando, trabajando, corriendo y en movimiento. Esta da una sensación de agitación y da la impresión de que el tiempo se agota, lo cual en cuanto al cambio climático y lo que podemos hacer para evitarlo resulta bastante precisa.


Esta imagen que tienen arriba es muy importante. Esta es la plenaria de la COP20. Si bien hay muchos salones de reuniones en otros pabellones en donde las negociaciones puntuales se realizan, es en este donde se ubica el corazón de la COP20. En el fondo de la foto podemos ver una pantalla y desde ahí empiezan las sillas de todas las delegaciones de países y de organismo internacionales. Luego, al final están las sillas de las demás personas acreditadas.  Estuve durante el discurso del representante del Panamá donde realizo un llamado a invertir en Adaptación al Cambio Climático.


Entonces, tenemos exposiciones de ONGs, la plenaria, la prensa, salones de trabajo, salas de negociación, pabellones de países y muchos otros espacios en esta actividad enorme. He estado aprovechando esta oportunidad para oír y aprender que se esta realizando en el mundo en el tema de adaptación al cambio climático ya que esta es una de las prioridades para nuestra región.



El primer día en la COP concluyó dejándome mas ubicado sobre el funcionamiento de la COP20 y con una gran tarea para el siguiente día. Espero poderles contar al respecto mañana.




Caminando por la – COP – Walking near

Luego que nuestra compañera Rosa partió hacia Costa Rica emprendí el viaje hacia #Vocesxelclima. En esta aventura me acompañó Joaquín un compañero de MOJA organización hermana de Mexico.


Visité el pabellón informativo y un espacio donde las ongs expusieron sus iniciativas. Pudimos experimentar y aprender sobre el cambio climático con medios interactivos.


Además tuvimos la oportunidad de ser guiados por voluntarios quienes nos compartieron sus conocimientos y acompañaron por el recorrido.


Vimos ejemplos sobre alternativas tecnológicas para adaptarse al cambio climático.




Luego nos dirigimos al pabellón indígena para conocer sobre las propuestas y perspectivas de los pueblos indígenas respecto al cambio climático y la cop20.




La experiencia fue muy interesante y nos permitió conocer sobre la variedad de temáticas transversales que unen a los pueblos indígenas y al cambio climático. Mientras, estaba haciendo este recorrido me llego una gran noticia. Pero mejor se las cuento con una foto:

¡Estaba tan feliz!@larutadelclima llegó a la cop20 y tambien me pase a la casa CLIC donde me estaré quedando


After our colleage Rosa left to Costa Rica I started the journey to #voicesfortheclimate. In this adventure I was accompany by Joaquin a friend from our sister Mexican organization MOJA.

I visited the introductory and ong pavilion where I learned about different initiatives. We were able to experiment and learn about climate change through interactive stands.

Also we had the opportunity to be guided by volunteers that shared their knowledge and walked with us through the exposition.

We saw examples of technological alternatives for adaptation to climate change.

After we walked to the indigenous pavilion to learn about their perspectives and proposals in regards to climate change.

The experience was very interesting and it allow us to know more about the huge amount of crosscutting topics that join indigenous peoples and climate change. While, I was in this trip a good news came to us but I’ll tell you with a photo:

I was so happy! @larutadelclima arrived in the cop20. Also, I moved into casa CLIC where I’ll be staying during the COP20.

Una voz – COY10- One voice


Durante estos días de la coy10 jóvenes de todo el mundo nos hemos reunido para debatir sobre las negociaciones de la cop20 y aprender sobre diferentes temáticas del cambio climático.


De Costa Rica hemos venido un grupo de seis pioneros a la coy10. Somos jovenes que tenemos un gran interés sobre la cop20 y el Cambio Climático. Somos una delegación variada en nuestras capacidades y diversa en la forma que incidimos en el tema. Sin embargo, creemos firmemente en la participación de la Juventud en esta gran tarea. No sólo porque se define nuestro futuro sino porque define nuestro presente.


Como costarricenses nos unimos a decenas de jóvenes del mundo en una sola voz. Algunos han viajando miles de kilómetros para llegar a Lima y nos acompañado acampando en la coy10. Juntos hemos participado en los eventos y formando una comunidad activa sobre el Cambio Climático.


Mañana nos reuniremos para formular la declaración de la Juventud sobre el cambio climático y sentaremos las bases sobre las cuales creemos las negociaciones climáticas deben encausarse.


Nuestro viaje por Perú apenas empieza. A partir del lunes cubriremos las diferentes iniciativas que se desarrollan alrededor de la COP20 para mostrar el lado ciudadano y participativo. Además,  realizamos esfuerzos para poder ser acreditados en la COP20 y poder abrir una ventana para la ciudadanía hacia estas negociaciones.


Volviendo nuestras voces en acciones. Sigue nuestro blog y twitter @larutadelclima en este viaje y hagamos nuestras voces impactar la ruta del clima.


During the days of the #coy10 youth from around the world have gathered to debate about the negotiations of the #cop20 and learn about the different topics of climate change.

From Costa Rica a groups of pioneers have come to #coy10. We are a youth that have a great interest in the #cop20 and climate change. We are a delegation with a variety of skills and with diverse means to impact this issue. However, we consider extremely relevant the participation of youth in this great task. Not only because it defines out future but because it conditions our present.

As Costa Ricans we join dozens of youth from around the world in one voice. Many of them have traveled thousands of miles to arrive in Lima and some of them joined us in the coy10 campground. Together we have participated in events, trainings and we have consolidated an active community to tackle the climate change issue.

Tomorrow we will gather to create the declaration of youth on climate change and we will set the bases upon we believe the climate change negotiations must be set forward.

Our journey in Peru is just beginning. On Monday we will be covering the different initiatives that exist around the #COP20 to show how does citizen participation looks like in this event. Moreover we will make an effort to be accredited to the COP20 and be able to open a window for citizens into the negotiations.

Turning voices into actions. Follow our blog and twitter account @larutadelclima to know more about this project. Let’s make pur voices impact the route of our climate.

En el campamento In the camp


Hemos llegado a la #coy10 en conjunto con decenas de jóvenes de todo el mundo y aún  siguen llegando!

Estamos a una hora de empezar con la inauguración del evento y recibir a Christiana Figuerres UNFCC.


We have arrived to the #coy10 along with dozens of youth from around the world y more are still coming!

We are about to start with the inauguration of the event and receive Christina Figuerres UNFCC.

¨Si no somos nosotros ¿entoces quien?¨ – ¿If it is not us then who?


Estamos en Lima y estamos en la ruta. Muy emocionados nos dirigimos hacia las conferencias, cumbres, charlas y marchas sobre cambio climático en Perú. Ya hoy nuestra compañera Rosa llego en la noche a Perú. Yo salgo mañana haciendo escala en varios países hermanos: Colombia y Bolivia. Por un corto tiempo compartiré su suelo.

Al llegar a Lima iremos directo a la Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina en donde esperamos poder compartir con 300 compañeros y compañeras de todo el mundo en un campamento. Acamparemos con la juventud del mundo desde el jueves 27, hasta el domingo 30. Este fin de semana seremos parte de la COY10 aportando nuestras voces para volverlas acción.



We are in Lima and on route. We are very excited to be heading towards climate change conferences, summits, and peoples gatherings in Peru. This night our colleage Rosa arrived in Peru. I will be leaving to Peru tomorrow but in the way I will stop in our brother countries of Colombia and Bolivia. I will share their soil for a little while. We will  be camping with the worlds youth from thursday 23th untill sunday 30th. This weekend we will be part of C0Y10 by joining our voices to turn them into actions.

As soon as we arrive in Lima we will be heading towards the National Agrarian University La Molina where we hope to share experiences with 300 colleages from around the world in a camping ground.



Primera impresión – Lima – First impression

Finalmente llegué a Lima. Gracias a mi amiga Meli por recibirme en el aeropuerto y por darme la oportunidad de acercarme por primera vez a esta enorme ciudad viajando en transporte público. Fueron casi 2 horas en bus, más que mi vuelo de CR a Panamá, pero tuve la oportunidad de sentir el tamaño de la ciudad y cómo se mueve. Definitivamente amo viajar en bus! Me permitió ver que Lima tiene las mismas dificultades que San José: exceso de vehículos, falta de planificación vial.. Pero también ví que es una ciudad que se está poniendo las pilas: varias lineas de metro, préstamo de bicicletas en algunos distritos.. En fin, parte de lo que soñamos para Chepe y que los peruanos nos están mostrando que sí se puede hacer.

Antes de llegar a la COY10, tendré la oportunidad de visitar Pachacámac, sitio arqueológico al sur de Lima.



I finally arrived in Lima. I want to thank to my dear friend Meli for welcoming me at the airport and giving me the priviledge of getting to know this huge city for the first time using public transportation. My flight from Panama and the bus ride took about 2 hours, but I had the opportunity of feeling the size of  the city and learn how it moves. I definitely love to travel by bus!

I am noticing that Lima has the same difficulties than San Jose, Costa Rica, where I am from, meaning the excess of vehicles, the lack of road planning. Whoever I also saw that it is a city that is getting started to change: there was a couple of subway rails, bike rentals in some districts. In other words, some of the things we in “Chepe” (San Jose) dream that the Peruvians are showing us that it can be done.

Before arriving to the COY10, I will have the opportunity to visit Pachacámac an archaeological site in the southern part of Lima