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Climate CoLab is in Paris for COP21


Members of the Climate CoLab team just arrived in Paris for the UN climate talks, taking place from November 30 – December 11, 2015.

Prof. Thomas Malone, principal investigator and founder of the Climate CoLab, and Laur Fisher, Climate CoLab project manager, are meeting with organizational and government partners about how crowds and experts can work together to accelerate global action on climate change.  No matter the outcome of the negotiations, it is now clearer than ever that we need the collective ideas, contributions and actions of people all around the world to stabilize atmospheric greenhouse gases at safe levels and better prepare for climate change impacts.

If you’re in Paris, it would be great to connect!  Details about our activities are listed below.

If you’re not in Paris, we have also listed a few ways that you can stay up-to-date about COP21 and join in on the conversation virtually.

Climate CoLab Activities at Paris

UN Lima-Paris Action Agenda Resilience Focus Program

Date: Wednesday, December 2
Time:  5:40 – 5:45 PM
Location:  Observer room 12, Hall 4, Le Bourget  (Blue Zone – must have a pass to enter)
Description: The Climate CoLab will be supporting the United Nation’s Anticipation, Absorbing, Reshaping (A2R) initiative, which will be launched at the Resilience focus program. This session is part of the Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA), an initiative by the governments of France and Peru, the Office of the UN Secretary General and the Secretariat of the United-Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in recognition of the essential part that these individual and collective commitments will play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and setting the world on track to a climate-resilient and sustainable future.  See the full program here.  The announcement will be released here on Wednesday, December 2.

Breakthrough Night

Date: Friday, December 4
Time: 9:30 AM – 6:30 PM
Location:  Grand Palais, 3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris, France
Cost:  €50 – €100
Description: Laur Fisher will be speaking about the Climate CoLab at Breakthrough Night, an evening that will showcase global projects that actively contribute to the realization of post-carbon world.  Breakthrough Night is part of Solutions 21, a two-week long free exhibition at the Grand Palais that features climate solutions for a new era.
More information & register:

Interactive Simulation of the UN Climate Negotiations

Date: Friday, December 4
Time: 11 AM – 12:30 PM
LocationThe Climate Generations Area outside the COP21 conference center
Cost: Free and open to the public
Description: Laur Fisher will be attending Climate Interactive’s session, where they will offer a chance to explore potential pathways to address climate change through an interactive demonstration of the World Climate game and computer simulations C-ROADS and En-ROADS.  Put yourself in the shoes of the climate negotiators to see what it will take. Analysis of the INDC pledges will be offered alongside a framework for understanding how climate solutions can and must address other challenges simultaneously.  More information is available here.

Virtual Updates from Paris

Watch COP21 sessions online

Stream the official plenary sessions and press briefings taking place in the negotiators’ “Blue Zone”.  Live and past recorded sessions are available:

Social Media

Use the #COP21 hashtag to connect with others around the world on social media.  Find all the COP21 social media channels and accounts here:

Climate Interactive – Updates from Paris

Dates: Thursday, December 3, and Thursday, December 10
Time: 11:00 am EST
About: The Climate CoLab works with Climate Interactive, who have developed the En-ROADS models that we use on our site.  Live from the Paris COP21 climate talks, their team will be providing general updates on the negotiations and what’s happening around plans to reduce emissions in accordance with the INDCs. They will also discuss Climate Interactive’s climate model analysis and work at COP21.

Discuss on the Climate CoLab

Start or join a conversation on the Climate CoLab’s Discussion Board.  Get your idea on the platform by creating a proposal in one of our open contests or in the Proposal Workspace.  And be sure to vote for the top crowdsourced global climate action plan!