Au Revoir, Paris

We are back in Canada, safe and sound after an extraordinary time in Paris. We could never have imagined just how incredible, rich, and rewarding our experience at COP21 would be and we are very grateful to everyone who has played a part in our journey.

The Kiribati delegation treated us like family, and we can never thank them enough. We miss them already, and know that this is not a goodbye, but a see-you-later (preferably on a trip to Kiribati)!

Special thanks to UWaterloo for their support and guidance pre-COP, during, and now post-COP. We are very grateful, and are overwhelmed by the positive response we have received from the University. An extra special thank you to Dr. Simron Singh!

Finally, our experience would not have been possible without the support of our friends and family. Thank you to everyone who has followed us on this amazing journey. We cannot wait to share our experience with everyone in person!

We will continue to post here about our experience at COP21 over the coming weeks – there are so many stories to tell!

-Laura, Kadra, Rija, and Vidya



Laura Maxwell is a first year Master of Development Practice candidate at the University of Waterloo and will be attending COP21 as part of the delegation of Kiribati, a small island nation located in the Pacific Ocean.  Her special interests include climate change, restoration and marine ecology, human health and the environment, and conservation biology.


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