[Earth] pushes to be heard at U.N. climate talks in Lima

College of the Atlantic News

BAR HARBOR, MAINE — College of the Atlantic attending the climate change talks in Lima, Peru, say they are being shut out of key forums.

Aneesa Khan ’17, a second-year United World College Scholar from Muscat, Oman, said the youth delegation is usually given two minutes to speak at the opening and closing of negotiations.

“This time, however, the chair did not leave enough time for the intervention to be read,” Khan wrote in an email from the talks.

Thirteen COA students are attending the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, also known as COP20, as members of the environmental action group known as Earth in Brackets.

Attending the talks, in addition to Khan, are Augustin Martz ’17, of Winterthur, Switzerland; Adrian Fernandez Jauregui, ’15, a Davis United World College Scholar, of Samaipata, Bolivia; Maria Alejandra Escalante ’16, a Davis United World College Scholar, of Bogota, Colombia; Rachel Wells…

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