We're about halfway through the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23)—an annual meeting that brings global powers together to collaborate on climate change solutions. This year's conference, held in Bonn, Germany, is all about encouraging countries to set specific plans for achieving the greenhouse gas reductions they committed to in the Paris Climate Agreement.
Guest speakers include Jerry Brown, the California governor making a statement with his progressive green policies; Thomas Pesquet, a French astronaut whose experience with the overview effect gave him a unique perspective of our planet; and Paul Polman, the CEO of Unilever, a major corporation that has recently launched some encouraging green programs in the personal care space. Twenty country leaders are also expected to attend the talks, including President Emmanuel Macron of France and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Here's a quick overview of what's happened so far, and why you should be tuning in: