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So, the UNFCCC intersessional season is here again and we are giving away fellowships for young journalists to join our team this May in Bonn, Germany. But why is it so good to be part of the team? Will it actually change your life? Well, here are five reasons why!

1. You will make new friends (lots of them!)

The COP21 team having our dinner in Paris. Many of us have kept in contact and have been friends since!

Joining the team, you will be part of an international group of young writers. You will live together for two weeks. You will eat together, go to the conference together, and learn about each other! This is exciting, because you will learn about cultures from different countries, and even learn some words in another language. These are friends who will share the same passion as you and who you can keep! Believe me, some of the best people I’ve met are through Climate Tracker!

2. You will meet important people (and get to interview them for articles)

That’s me (with blonde hair), Tais Gadea Lara, and Binod Parajuli doing an interview with Mary Robinson

Because of Climate Tracker, I was able to meet some of the most important people doing work on climate change. One of my most memorable moments was in COP22, interviewing Mary Robinson, first female president of Ireland. I’ve also met and interviewed negotiators like the Philippine head of delegation, and different heads of NGO’s like Jennifer Morgan of Greenpeace.

3. You get to hone your writing, editing, and pitching skills

COP21 team writing together for our first piece of article for the Paris negotiations

In Climate Tracker, we aim to publish 2 articles per day during negotiations. That is a lot! It requires a lot of brainstorming, pitching to editors, and discipline to finish two articles everyday. But you will also be part of a team who has different expertise. Some will be experts in doing video, some in photography, some in doing some infographics. Everyone will be able to help you, and you will gain some more skills in the end!

4. You will hear the best exchange of ideas (aside from free ice cream)

A photo of the ice cream guy talking to the Canadian negotiator

People in these conferences are intelligent and are experts. You will get good ideas and be able to engage with them. However, you don’t just hear the wittiest remarks from people in suits, sometimes the ice cream guy does it too. One of the best conversations I heard was between the Ben and Jerry’s ice cream guy and one Candian negotiator…

Ice cream guy: From what country are you?
Negotiator: Canada
Ice cream guy: Ah we only give ice cream to countries with good INDCs.
Negotiator: *laughs*
Ice cream guy: Just kidding!
Negotiator: *starts choosing flavor*
Ice cream guy: But no matter what flavor you choose, remember to rethink about your INDCs!

Yes, even ice cream guy knows about your commitments, Canada.

5. Well, it's a fun team!

A day in the life of climate tracker staff working at COP 😂😂😂

Posted by Renee Juliene M. Karunungan on Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Taking a short break in COP23 in Bonn!

It really is! We are serious about work, but we are serious about having fun too! We know it’s important to keep a balance between having fun and working so we always do both.


So, are you convinced yet? Then don’t forget to join our latest fellowship opportunity and get a chance to join our team in May! Deadline is on March 23! Apply here!

About Renee Juliene Karunungan

Renee, from the Philippines, is currently Climate Tracker's Outreach Manager. She was a Climate Tracker fellow and was named by The Guardian as one of the "Young Climate Campaigners to Watch Before the UN Paris Summit" in 2015.