University of Michigan graduate students and their faculty adviser are attending the two-week COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland. The students will observe the negotiations, attend side events and interact with various experts. U-M has sent student delegations to U.N. climate change conferences since 2009.
Three Ford School students are among the delegation. AJ Convertino (MPP '22) and Kristina Curtiss (MPP '22) are attending the first week, and Natasha Dacic (PhD candidate in Climate and space Science and Engineering, Science and Technology in Public Policy Certificate Program) will be attending the second week.
Convertino is a Weiser Diplomacy Fellow, with an academic focus on international policy. His past work experience includes international climate policy at the World Wildlife Fund and international space policy at NASA.
He reports from Glasgow: "With ever-increasing globalization, it is imperative that leaders consider the global impacts of their policy decisions. To effectively address climate change—and meet our goals of securing global net zero emissions by 2050—developed countries must lead by example in curtailing global emissions."
Note: Follow the U-M team's COP26 updates on Twitter at @ClimateBlue