Junior Jennie Hatch Works as an ‘Agent of Change’ at
United Nations Climate Negotiations

April 16, 2009

Molly Tarantino

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Along with youth from the United States and more than 50 other nations, Wellesley College junior Jennifer Hatch attended interim climate negotiations being conducted by The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn, Germany, March 29-April  8.

Jenny HatchIn a speech delivered to U.N. delegates at the climate negotiations, youth activists called on world leaders to “start working harder” on a global deal, asking developed countries to “take this leap and put your targets on the table – minus 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2020; full decarbonization by 2050; and stabilization at well below 350 ppm [parts per million of carbon in the atmosphere]. Anything less ambitious is not good enough.”

“Strong domestic reduction targets can help the U.S. to lead the world in crafting a protective climate agreement,” Hatch said. “But this provision is only the starting point for avoiding expensive climate change damages. A 100 percent permit auction, and international adaptation funding to ensure the survival of all people and nations, would improve such legislation significantly.”

Hatch is an agents of change coordinator for the youth-run, sustainable development policy organization SustainUS, which has been actively involved in international policy meetings and climate talks since 2001. In Bonn, governments began drafting emissions targets and other provisions for an international climate treaty, which they hope to finalize in Copenhagen, Denmark, this December. For more information about SustainUS in Bonn, visit sustainus.org.  

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