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Student Delegates Attend COP27

The United Nations Climate Change Conference COP27 opened this week in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, with a focus on an aggressive implementation of the Paris Agreement, and two groups of Vermont Law and Graduate School student delegates have the great opportunity of attending in person—VLGS is an accredited "observer" of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

In preparation for the conference, the students and Derek Walker, VLGS Adjunct Professor in International Climate Change Law and Vice President for the U.S. Region at Environmental Defense Fund, launched the blog, Ridges to Reefs: COP27, to share information about key issues and complex topics with titles such as Advantages and Disadvantages of the Paris Agreement’s Legal Structure and Who Should Foot the Bill?: The Role of Developed Countries in Meeting the Paris Agreement’s Temperature Goals.

“The past two days featured the High-Level Summit.  UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres told a gathering of over 100 heads of state that the world is on the highway to climate hell, and that we still have our feet on the accelerator,” Professor Derek Walker writes in the most recent blog post entitled, We are on the Highway to Climate Hell—Time to Hit the Brakes.

Read more of their perspectives at