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Frongillo participates in U.N. Climate Negotiations in South Africa

Former Deputy Supervisor Dominic Frongillo is active locally to globally, most notably as a five-time delegate to the United Nations, participating in the U.N. climate negotiations in 2011 in Durban, South Africa, 2010 in Cancun, Mexico, 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark, and 2007 in Bali, Indonesia.  The Kyoto Protocol is slated to expire in 2012, and international leaders are grappling over an agreement which will slow the accelerating deterioration of the atmosphere.

In Durban, Deputy Supervisor Frongillo organized the only press conference on climate impacts of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. Read Deputy Supervisor Frongillo’s Dispatch from Durban.

In Copenhagen, Frongillo worked closely with delegates from the U.S. and around the world on developing policy recommendations, engaging media, meeting with the U.S. State Department and senior Obama administration officials, and coordinated a statement of over 100 young elected officials from 30 states calling for American leadership in transitioning the world to clean energy. In Bali, Frongillo coordinated the writing of the high-level speech to assembled government ministers and delegates.

“America can lead the transition to clean energy and ensure a safe, abundant, and majestic world for our generation and generations to come,” Frongillo said. “It is critical for young people to have a strong voice in the international policy which will define our lives.”