Seventeen students from the University of Minnesota recently returned from "COP16," otherwise known as the United Nations Climate Change Conference. Among them were several students from the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. This year, the conference was held this year in Cancun, Mexico. The U of M was one of just a handful of universities world-wide that sent undergraduate students to this important event. I was able to attend a public forum lead by the student participants this past Wednesday. It was great to see these U of M students talk so passionately about the life-changing experiences that they were able to take part in at the conference.
Our students wittnessed and even participated in a number of incredibly important conversations on climate change and the Kyoto Protocol. Many of the students used this opportunity to network with some very important people from around the world, including delegates from Germany and Congo. One of our undergraduate U of M students, Andy Pearson, was actually interviewed about his visit by Minnesota Public Radio. Click here to listen to Andy chat with Tom Crann from MPR.