Seeking 2012 Adopt a Negotiator Fellows

Seeking 2012 Adopt a Negotiator Fellows

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We have a number of fellowships available for talented young people (ages 18 – 30) who are willing to actively contribute to Adopt a Negotiator between now and the end of the 2012, including attending the Doha Climate Change Conference this November.


Adopt a Negotiator (AaN) is a project of the Global Campaign for Climate Action, an alliance of more than 350 non-profit organizations working to ensure a safe climate future for people and nature, to promote the low-carbon transition of our economies, and to accelerate the adaptation efforts in communities already affected by climate change by mobilizing civil society and galvanizing public. AaN got its start with a group of passionate young climate activists publicly tracking their country’s climate negotiators during the lead-up to the Copenhagen Climate Talks (COP15) in 2009. The project has since continued to support activists in publicly tracking their government’s roles in international efforts to respond to climate change.


The Adopt a Negotiator project is awarding fellowships to exceptional young people that we think possess the ability to effectively push their country toward unlocking climate solutions nationally and internationally. Our Fellows will have an opportunity to help shape their government’s role in solving climate change. They will be part of a team of passionate, dedicated and talented activists from around the world; participating in a moment that will shape if and how the world responds. Their efforts will build on a proud legacy of past ‘Negotiator Trackers’, and contribute to the climate movement in a creative, challenging and exciting role.

Applicants must be 18 to 30 years of age; be able to attend the Doha Climate Change Conference from November 23rd to December 9th; and able to actively contribute to the Adopt a Negotiator project as an activist and blogger from August to December of this year.

Here are some of the qualities we are looking for:

You understand the landscape - Our Fellows should not only understand climate change, they are also familiar with their country’s national and international climate politics; preferably with the UNFCCC itself: its history, its inner workings, and its roles in addressing climate change.

You are a great communicator - Our Fellows are excellent at turning the complex and hard to communicate developments happening during climate negotiations into compelling, accessible, creative, actionable communications across multiple channels and mediums. Our primary tool is blogging – and you must be a skilled blogger – but the ability to leverage other communications tools and channels with strategic and/or large audiences via new and traditional media is key to their success.

You’ve got informed empathy - Our Fellows seek out a deep understanding of how climate change affects people in different situations in different ways all over the world – security, health, livelihood, values, politics, business, etc – and can tap into that understanding to help them connect with with various audiences (including your negotiators).

You’re brave - In a short amount of time, each Fellow has to build relationships with experts in our alliance, members of the media, and their country’s negotiators and decision makers. Fellows must make and take public stands on complicated issues; get their ideas and opinions out to media in their home country in meaningful ways; and share those

You’re fast - Our Fellows must be able to rapidly respond to events and opportunities inside climate negotiations and out.

You’re dedicated - Our Fellows understand the stakes and are dedicated to helping push for progress in addressing climate change in spite of any setbacks and challenges we face along the way. While we expect to count on our Fellows’ full-time participation during the Doha Climate Change Conference, they will also actively participate in the project throughout the remaining months of 2012.

While this Fellowship is a volunteer opportunity, support for participation in the Doha Climate Change Conference will be provided by the Global Campaign for Climate Action.

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