COA undergraduates attend U.N. climate forum in Venezuela

College of the Atlantic News

International activism; members of school’s Earth in Brackets invited to take part in ‘Social PreCOP’

MARGARITA ISLAND, VENEZUELA — College of the Atlantic students, alumni, and Professor Doreen Stabinsky took part in an international forum that’s bringing the voice of average citizens to United Nations climate change talks.

At the invitation of the Venezuelan government, members of COA’s Earth in Brackets attending the first-ever Social PreCOP on Climate Change in July were Maria Escalante ‘16, of Chia, Colombia; and Angela Valenzuela ‘17 of Victoria, Chile. COA alumni Anjali Appadurai ‘13, of Coquitlam, B.C., Canada; and Nathan Thanki ’14, of Belfast, Northern Ireland, also took part.

“The topics were broad, but there was a clear premise — change the system, not the climate,” Escalante said of the July 15-18 forum.

Escalante said the forum produced the Margarita Declaration, “consisting of 62 points, some on specific issues within the climate…

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