Professor Danielle Endres attends COP25 Climate Change Conference
Professor Danielle Endres was selected to attend the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) COP 25 meeting in Madrid, Spain. She attended as an official observer through the International Environmental Communication Association (IECA), meaning that she was able to attend the ongoing diplomatic negotiations about the Paris Agreement, participation in official side events about international efforts to address the climate emergency, and engage in conversation with a variety of stakeholders in the UN’s attempt to address climate change. While at the COP, Professor Endres gave a presentation “Energy Democracy: Enacting Justice, Participation, and Power in Energy Decision-Making,” at an official side event on “Enacting ACE and Building Capacity: Communication, Conflict Management, and Participation.” Her presentation was attended by UN officials, diplomats, NGOs, scholars, and activists. Professor Endres not only introduced her research on energy democracy to this community, but also stressed the importance of communication and humanities research to making sense of the climate emergency and to the ongoing negotiations. Endres’ participation at the COP 25 contributes to her ongoing research program in energy democracy and energy communication. Her travel to the UNFCCC COP 25 meeting was supported by a College of Humanities International Travel and Research Grant.