Author: Kristen Poppleton, Interim Executive Director

The Work

Climate change sits in my gut like stones in the pockets of my clothes pulling me under water after I have jumped in. I must deliberately work to remove each stone, examine it, determine its weight. Climate change is like a shadow constantly following me– sometimes revealed by a burst of sun– lengthening and growing […]

Leaving the Paris Agreement, Staying Committed

December 12, 2015 has been described as historic — the day we turned the tide on climate change. On that day, after two weeks of negotiations, 196 nations unanimously agreed to adopt an international climate pact, known as the Paris Agreement. I had the privilege and honor to be present at COP21 where the Agreement […]

Gifts from My Week at Climate Strong

Words were medicine; they were magic and invisible. They came from nothing into sound and meaning. They were beyond price; they could neither be bought nor sold. — N. Scott Momaday Will Steger’s eyewitness climate story is the foundation of Climate Generation, and the climate stories of our staff and the individuals and communities we […]

Climate Denial Hits Our Classrooms

It’s hard to miss the all out attack the current administration has made on all policies related to climate change and clean energy. What may be less known, but will also cause significant damage, is the assault on climate change education being orchestrated by many entities, namely the Heartland Institute. The Heartland Institute (with major […]

The Role of Climate Change Education in the International Climate Negotiations

Article 6 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) recognizes the importance of education, training and public awareness to achieve “action for climate empowerment, (ACE) and ultimately to achieve the goals set forth in the Paris Agreement. In a UNFCCC meeting this past summer, over 750 participants from 22 countries gathered to […]

Meet Our COP22 Delegation

What is the significance of COP22? Climate change is a global problem that demands international action, and finally, in Paris last year, the world came together on an agreement to address climate change: the Paris Agreement. At the UN’s Marrakech Climate Change Conference, COP22, nations of the world will continue their work on strengthening the […]

First Reflections

Last week, I joined 14 other leaders in climate science, social science, education, and climate resiliency in Washington D.C. for the inaugural meeting of the Federal Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment. It was an honor for me professionally, and also speaks to the credibility and recognition that Climate Generation has gained at […]

#Teach4Climate Back to School 2016 Campaign

We’re proud to join our partners at #youth4climate again in this school year celebration of teaching climate change! Join us! Today’s generation is the first generation to feel the impacts of climate change and the last that can really do something about it. Teaching young people about climate change – its causes, effects, and what […]