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Climate Change and the Future of Humanity – 2021 Model G20 Virtual Summit Position Paper

Climate Change and the Future of Humanity – 2021 Model G20 Virtual Summit Position Paper

I participated in the Model G20 Virtual Summit held by Knovva Academy from February 12 to February 20, 2021. In the simulation, I represented the French Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation. In this position paper, I will share my observations, ideas, and views, as well as the global problems which address climate change and the future of humankind. I submit this paper for the consideration of member nations of the G20.

Tomoki Matsuno: Harvard ‘25, Accepted to 22 US Colleges

Tomoki Matsuno: Harvard ‘25, Accepted to 22 US Colleges

Tomoki Matsuno’s name is as well known around the Knovva digital campus as any (I think we just like to pronounce it; it’s got so much bounce!). With his bright eyes and spiky hair, Tomoki is equally recognizable for his kindness, humility, and bushy-tailed-ness. Now, this Japan native has been accepted into 22 US colleges and universities. He’s not here to brag, but Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania couldn’t wait to bring him into their ivy-lined arms.

Model G20 Exceptional Delegate Series – Michelle T. (Cohort C, India, Head of State)

Model G20 Exceptional Delegate Series – Michelle T. (Cohort C, India, Head of State)

Michelle reported to this year’s Model G20 Summit from the land of orangutans, nasi goreng (fried rice, yum), Islamic temples galore, and active volcanoes: Indonesia. Needless to say, she brought a lot to the table (unfortunately, not nasi goreng; sharing food doesn’t work so well over Zoom).

Model G20 Committee’s Choice Series – Tara O. (Deciding Committee, Germany, United States, Chair of IPCC)

Model G20 Committee’s Choice Series – Tara O. (Deciding Committee, Germany, United States, Chair of IPCC)

What can one say about Tara (pronounced taw-ruh, not the alternative, terra… though, exiting a Climate Change summit, you think she would have considered temporarily changing it for the purposes of a fun and apropos pun) that hasn’t already been said? Over the course of nearly three years and countless wise words, incisive blogs, discussions, and recognitions, Tara has become one of our most beloved and recognizable regulars. 

Model G20 Exceptional Delegate Series – Mercedes H. F. (Cohort B, Germany, Minister of the Environment and Sustainable Development)

Model G20 Exceptional Delegate Series – Mercedes H. F. (Cohort B, Germany, Minister of the Environment and Sustainable Development)

Mercedes is very passionate. That was my first impression of her when I, along with much of the Knovva staff, received a piece on the importance of addressing climate change that she wrote so eloquently following our recent Climate Change Summit.

Model G20 Exceptional Delegate Series – Kokoro F. (Cohort A, Italy, Minister of the Environment and Sustainable Development)

Model G20 Exceptional Delegate Series – Kokoro F. (Cohort A, Italy, Minister of the Environment and Sustainable Development)

“This feeling of connection is one that I will cherish for the rest of my life,” says Kokoro, whose personality (and evidence of humility, smarty-pants-ness, and eloquence) is as lovely as that kimono she’s wearing in her photo above.

Model G20 Exceptional Delegate Series – Emma J. (Cohort A, Australia, Minister of the Environment and Sustainable Development)

Model G20 Exceptional Delegate Series – Emma J. (Cohort A, Australia, Minister of the Environment and Sustainable Development)

Emma’s name might be sweet and simple, but the girl who carries it around is anything but. Alright, maybe “sweet” can stay, but anyone who’s choosing between environmental science, biology, geology, or international communications as a higher education track just has to have a whole lot more working under the surface.