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President Obama ended his opening address to COP21 with a gentle prodding to delegates: “Let’s get to work!” 

Getting to Work at COP21

December 2, 2015

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President Obama ended his opening address to COP21 with a gentle prodding to delegates: “Let’s get to work!” And that’s just what delegates to the COP were doing on Tuesday, with over 120 official events in the United Nations conference space, not counting side events. There is so much going on at COP that it is hard to keep track of it all. For anyone interested in following the schedule of events and negotiations at COP, the UNFCCC provides information and updates from the conference, including the daily schedule of events.

Allison ChatrchyanChatrchyan is a member of Cornell's COP21 delegation (watch her COP21 video)

Cornell’s exhibit was open all day Tuesday, focusing on the depth and breadth of work taking place at Cornell, from climate modeling to agricultural mitigation and adaptation, ecosystem and community resiliency, and social and human impacts of climate change. We highlighted new research from Cornell professor Johannes Lehmann on soil organic matter that was recently published in Nature, the Cornell side event taking place on December 3 at COP, resources available online at the Cornell Climate Change and the Atkinson Center, and Cornell’s new Climate Smart Farming program.

Representatives from numerous institutes and countries stopped by to learn more about Cornell research and outreach programs. An informal count of business cards saw representatives from the Asian Institute of Technology, COBASE in Italy, the Korea Environment Institute, University of Western Ontario, USAID, Washington University, Sierra Club, Woods Hole Research Center, the World Agroforestry Centre, and the United Nations, along with delegates from Armenia, Australia, Brazil, Congo, Indonesia, France, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland, Thailand, and Zimbabwe. It has definitely been worthwhile to share information and contacts and identify possible partnerships to help expand and deepen Cornell’s work to address climate change.