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Jack Green Chosen as American Chemical Society Delegate

Green to Travel to United Nations Climate Conference
Jack Green Chosen as American Chemical Society Delegate

Jack Green

Jack Green, Ogden Honors College fourth-year student majoring in Applied Coastal Environmental Science and Political Science, will be traveling to the United Nations Climate Conference in Santiago, Chile as an American Chemical Society (ACS) delegate. 

 According to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) website, the Climate Conference focuses on facilitating the intergovernmental climate change negotiations and helps advance the implementation of the Convention, the Kyoto Protocol, and the Paris Agreement. 

Green submitted his application and was chosen as one of 10 students from across the US to become an ACS delegate. While at the convention, the accredited delegates will blog about their observations. They will interview scientists, policymakers, and national leaders and consider how climate change can be incorporated into international policy. 

He heard about the opportunity through an email sent by his academic advisor at the LSU College of the Coast and Environment. 

Green said the application was a long and in-depth process, and he researched topics and terms associated with the UN to complete it. He said knowing the ACS wanted students from diverse regional backgrounds helped him decide to apply. 

“I knew there wouldn’t be a lot of students from the southeastern United States applying. I really hinged on that I’m from the state that is already dealing with climates refugees, knowing that’s going to be a huge topic at this year’s Conference of Parties,” Green said. “Louisiana is underrepresented on the stage nationally, even though we have all these issues. I think my viewpoint can be really useful.” 

Along with traveling to Chile for the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC, the student delegates will also travel to Washington DC and Philadelphia. While in Washington DC during fall break, the students will meet with embassies and representatives to talk about the issues they should be looking for while at the convention and what the United States’ position is on some of these issues. In March, after the convention, they will travel to Philadelphia to present on their research and all that they’ve learned. 

But for right now, Green said he is focusing on his first few blog posts and article. 

“I am super excited for a couple reasons,” Green said. “I really want to gain more insight into what the international stage looks like in terms of government, how international organizations in the UN operate, and get to know more nonprofits in that field, potentially for after graduation.” 

As a political science major, Green said he’s also excited about the mass communication part of the experience. “I’m excited with the mass communication aspect of this and working with LSU to try to do more outreach with this and writing articles,” Green said.  

Since there will be a wide range of topics and issues discussed at the convention, the student delegates were encouraged to choose a specific area they want to focus on. Green chose to hone in on and base his articles on migration and climate change. 

“Mainly, I’ve always been really interested in the overlap of migration and climate change, and that’s a big issue in the United States,” Green said. “I’m really interested in seeing the kind of conversations that go along with that. The issue is if developed countries are responsible for taking on climate refugees and migrants as a result of their actions contributing to climate change. This issue has been a conversation that has been bubbling for a while, and I’m really interested to see how those conversations play out this year, especially with the US’s current policies and how we navigate that.” 

Green said he has always been interested in the environment, but being a part of the Louisiana Service and Leadership program (LASAL) and the Ogden Honors College helped him discover his passion. 

“Through the Honors College and my coursework, I’ve learned about the impact that disasters and sea-level rise has on the coast and how governments are going to deal with that,” Green said. “That’s been my framework for all my education.” 

 “I was interested in the environment generally, but LASAL and the Honors College really clarified what I wanted to focus on. I came to LSU in the science field — I wanted to do research and become a scientist. Once I started taking classes, I quickly switched to government and politics. I still have a science degree, but in terms of what I want to do after graduation, a lot of that is from what LASAL and the Honors College has given me.” 

Dr. Granger Babcock, Ogden Honors College associate dean and LASAL director said Green is a natural leader because his passion inspires others. “I would say that Jack is a fearless and transparent leader, who is not afraid to ask difficult questions and challenge the accepted ways of doing things,” Dr. Babcock said. “He is dedicated to solving our manifold political and social challenges. He is especially committed to the emerging intersection of poverty and sea-level rise, which he recognizes will disproportionately affect Louisiana’s coastal communities.”

You can follow along with Green as he blogs while he travels to Washington DC, Chile, and Philadelphia on studentsonclimatechange.com.  

About the Ogden Honors College

The Ogden Honors College, established in 1992, is a vibrant, diverse and prestigious community located at the heart of LSU. The Ogden Honors College provides students with a curriculum of rigorous seminar classes, as well as opportunities for undergraduate research, culminating in the Honors Thesis. Its focus on community service, study abroad, internships and independent research helps today’s high-achieving students become tomorrow’s leaders.