Lauren gave her talk on ocean acidification yesterday, titled "Ocean Acidification: The Other CO2 Problem" at a side event at the COP. The room was packed and she did a great job engaging the audience. Watch for yourself! And, if you'd like to watch the whole side panel she was on click here.
After asking around the UNFCCC COP19 for a few days, we decided to hit the streets of Warsaw, Poland to see what the Polish people thought about the oceans and climate change.
Wow… What a whirlwind experience these last two weeks have been! I had to leave before the end of the second week of the COP so I could return just in time for a deep-sea cruise on the R/V Sproul this weekend. But that’s how it goes - graduate school responsibilities call! I’m ready to go home, but it’s pretty weird to think I won’t be spending all my time at the Warsaw National Stadium anymore and living with my wonderful SIO colleagues.
Overall, I left feeling so fulfilled and inspired by my COP experience. I also left saturated to the brim with knowledge that’s very different from the type I accumulate day to day in graduate school. I’m pretty sure no major deal will be reached at the end of this COP, so perhaps the COP itself was not successful, but for me, it was an extremely successful experience because it taught me a lot about how scientists can inform policy. And I had a blast working with my fantastic SIO colleagues!
One of the main insights I gained from this COP experience is that you can have an impact on policy as a scientist, particularly when attending such a high-level international conference. This is quite contrary to what I was expecting. I came to the COP expecting that as a young scientist I would just be drowned out in the bustle and that the COP may not be the right place to present scientific data, since it’s really a mechanism for legislative negotiations.