10 Lessons From Copenhagen

jacquelinepattersonBy Jacqueline Patterson, Director of the NAACP's Climate Justice Initiative

Cross-posted from TheRoot For the past 12 days, the NAACP's Climate Justice Initiative has been blogging from the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. While the discourse on global climate change often focuses on the impacts on wildlife or faraway places, it also has a direct and profound impact on communities at home in the United States, particularly on communities of color. My goal for the conference was twofold: to bring the stories of these affected communities to the Copenhagen conference, and to help bring the lessons of Copenhagen back to our communities. It has been 12 days of frustration, joy, freezing temperatures and heartwarming relationships. Between meetings, demonstrations, conversations and media interviews, we emerge with 10 lessons from the conference: