Editors Note: This is a running series documenting four UNC student's experience at the COP 23 in Bonn, Germany. See the previous entry here.
By Andrea Orengo and Mark Ortiz
It has been a busy week at COP 23.
Hundreds of climate change related workshops and panel discussions have taken place throughout the conference halls and around the city of Bonn. Negotiations on the implementation of the Paris Agreement have extended into the wee hours of the night. Pop-up art installations and exhibits dot the landscape, and protests erupt with frequency. Things have moved at a dizzying pace, and it has been beyond challenging to keep up with all that is happening.
As we prepare to return to Chapel Hill and hand the baton to our week two delegation - who will be continuing the Tar Heels Talk Climate entries next week - we want to take this opportunity to slow down and offer a few reflections on our time here and what we’ve learned.