So what have I done between July (when I was notified of my acceptence to attend the COP15 with SustainUS) and now, you ask?  And I answer, not a lot.

The process has been slow to start so far, although that is certainly going to change!  I have done two deeds:

First, I emailed and sent hard copies of my sentiments as a SustainUS youth delegate to my Senators, Sherrod Brown and George Voinovich.  While the plan was to engage them in Ohio before August recess was over, it went a little differently than expected.  I wasn’t expecting any response at all, but I received a phone call from Senator Brown’s people asking for a meeting.  I was unable to coordinate a meeting with the Senator himself due to him being in other cities and me being in other cities, but I did meet with his awesome staff people and we had a very nice discussion about emissions targets and Ohio jobs.  To the staff I say: thanks for having me!  And I look forward to working with you in the future.

I also received a letter from George Voinovich clarifying his policy on combatting global climate change, which is largely that efforts to improve the environment must not come at the expense of Ohio citizens’ jobs.  Being unemployed myself, I can’t agree more.  We are completely on the same page!  My only question becomes, Where’s my green job? 

Right now, I am in Washington DC, which is the second thing I have been doing–COP15 training.  I now have a better idea of what to expect at the negotiations, know how to fundraise and deal with the press…at least theoretically.  I got to speak with former delegates to previous COP conferences in Poznan, Poland and Bali. 

Now that I know what I’m doing and how to do it—it’s time for me to head back to Cincinnati and raise hell!

See you in Cinci!!