What is it like to be a Christian Observer at a UN Climate conference?

Date(s) - June 15, 2023
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Have you ever wondered what happens at those annual UN climate talks? We hear on the news that representatives from around the world gather to talk about climate change but what’s really going on? And why does progress seem so slow?

Every year there are Christians with these questions (and many more besides) that attend these gatherings as official Observers. In this discussion we will hear from a few of them about what they learned from their experience and, even more importantly, how they have changed as a result.

Our panelists include:

Monica Tang (CCOP 2019 @ COP25, Madrid, Spain)

Monica is a bivocational creation care advocate. She leads a relationships and partnerships team at the Canadian Coast Guard, supporting collaborative governance in oceans and marine safety management. Monica is also on the Board of Directors for Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ), where she advises on strategy, governance, and CPJ programs and policies to guide CPJ’s work in economic, social and ecological Justice.

Elsa Barron (CCOP 2021 @ COP26, Glasgow UK)

Elsa is an environmental peace and security researcher, writer, poet, and youth activist based in Washington D.C. and is the Co-Chair of the Young Professionals Interest Group of the Environmental Peacebuilding Association. She has been featured for her faith and climate advocacy in the Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, and the Christian Science Monitor, among others, and she attended COP26 and COP27 through the Christian Climate Observers Program. Elsa graduated from the University of Notre Dame where she studied peace studies and biology.

Sarah Demian (CCOP 2022 @ COP27, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt)

Sarah is going into her fourth year of university, studying biology and psychology. At Trinity Western University, she works as a researcher and studies the growth of invasive knotweed along the Chilliwack River as a result of the atmospheric flood of 2021. She will be presenting on climate change and invasive species at the ASA/CSCA conference at University of Toronto this July.


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