I am regularly impressed by the amazing experiences that northeast Iowa residents bring back to our community. Recently Green Iowa Americorps Member and Decorah resident Sam Pollan traveled to Marrakech, Morroco to attend the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. While there, he acted as a research delegate for our country and learned about processes of international policy. Pretty neat!
What's even better than one of our own having such an amazing experience is when they return willing to share what they have learned, offering the chance to learn first-hand about something perhaps we never imagined the opportunity to learn about! Sam will be featured at this month's Winneshiek Energy Breakfast, 7:30 AM December 20th in T-Bock's Underground at 220 W Water Street in Decorah.
For those who have never been to an Energy Breakfast, it is a monthly adult education series that occurs on the third Tuesday of the month and is organized by the Winneshiek Energy District and T-Bock's. It is free and open to the public. There is an optional breakfast buffet for purchase and the hour-long program is always energy-related. Past topics have included climate change, energy efficiency, candidate panels, proposed upgrades to energy infrastructure, and sustainable living.
On Tuesday Pollan will discuss the events of the most recent negotiations that took place in Marrakech and describe what it is like to be part of the negotiating process. For nearly three decades policy makers, national governments, scientists, and advocacy groups have been working to address the global threat of climate change through international diplomacy.