Amid papers and finals for her study-abroad program in Copenhagen, Diana Zhang '11 is also participating in something a little more global: the 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (COP 15) which began on December 7.

As an intern with the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), Zhang wrote in an e-mail to the Orient, "it's been a very exciting albeit stressful week," during which she has staffed the IETA booth, helped coordinate IETA events addressing current carbon markets and regional policy updates, and attended a range of conference-wide events.

Zhang added that the atmosphere at the Conference is inspiring.

"There's a whole range of groups and people...from party delegates to activist groups chanting and wearing fossil costumes," she wrote. "A very empowering and inspiring part of this experience has just been to meet all these fascinating people with unique perspectives who are all here."

"Just standing in line for coffee you can chat anyone up and their brain is available for the picking," Zhang added.

Also in Copenhagen are Meg Boyle '05, a representative at COP 15, and Wesley Hartwell '11, who is studying abroad in Switzlerland and plans to attend the Klimaforum People's Climate Conference.

-Compiled by Gemma Leghorn.