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ESIP to Support Youth Engagement on Climate Change at COP21

23 November 2015 | Boulder, CO — Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) and the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) have partnered to bring two live teleconferences from the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21), the United Nations Climate Change Conference, to educators, schools and communities.

United Nations delegates will meet in Paris from November 30 to December 12, 2015 to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C. COP21 is expected to attract nearly 50,000 participants including 25,000 official delegates from government, intergovernmental organisations, United Nations agencies, NGOs and civil society, as well as youth leaders from around the world who are focused on climate change.

On Tuesday, December 1 at 1:00 p.m. ET, CLEAN members Frank Niepold from NOAA’s Climate Program Office and Joanna Bozuma from the Earth Day Network will host a CLEAN Network Teleconference live from COP21 on the subject of youth engagement in climate change. The second CLEAN telecon, hosted by Kristen Poppleton from Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy, is scheduled for Tuesday, December 8 at 1:00 p.m. ET. Climate Generation will bring a delegation of 10 teachers from around the United States to COP21; Poppleton will provide a window into their COP21 experience.

“Today’s youth are very concerned about climate change and are taking action to develop their own innovative solutions. We are excited to be partnering with ESIP to provide educators and the young climate stewards they work with the opportunity to connect with #Youth4Climate activities at COP21,” said Tamara Ledley, founding member and chair of CLEAN.

Information on how to access each telecon is available on the CLEAN website. Participants are encouraged to contribute to the telecon discussions and the COP21 conversation on social media using the hashtag #Youth4Climate.

About ESIP
Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) is a community of innovative science, data and information technology practitioners. ESIP members catalyze connections across traditional institutional and domain boundaries to solve critical Earth science data stewardship, information technology and interoperability issues. Through this work, ESIP improves Earth science data management practices and makes Earth science data more discoverable, accessible and useful to researchers, policy makers and the public. Learn more at esipfed.org or follow @ESIPfed on Twitter.

The Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) stewards the collection of climate and energy science educational resources and to support a community of professionals committed to improving climate and energy literacy. The CLEAN web portal was launched in 2010 as a National Science Digital Library (NSDL) Pathways project. It is led by the science education expertise of TERC, the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder and the Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College, and is a member of ESIP. Learn more at cleanet.org or follow @ClimateLit on Twitter.

Rebecca Fowler