College of the Atlantic Professor of global environmental politics <a href="/live/profiles/1185-doreen-stabinsky" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Dr. Doreen Stabinsky</a>.College of the Atlantic Professor of global environmental politics Dr. Doreen Stabinsky.

It was in a hotel lobby in Doha, Qatar, when I first heard about CEMUS. I was meeting with Niclas Hallström. He wanted to know more about the college where I taught—College of the Atlantic (COA), in Bar Harbor, Maine. He said it reminded him a lot of CEMUS and told me I needed to visit there sometime. He handed me a book (Niclas is always giving out books) called transcending boundaries: how CEMUS is changing how we teach, meet and learn.

We were in Doha for the 18th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Niclas and I were both part of a small rag-tag group of activists that at the time called ourselves the “cc list.” We had not yet decided to formally name ourselves, something that would happen eventually, when we decided on the name “Equity and Ambition Group.” Our group is made up of activists from the Global North and the Global South. The core of our name—equity and ambition—refers both to the need for increased ambition in climate action and a recognition that some are more responsible than others for climate change and have more capability to deal with it. We think developed countries and their carbon emissions have gotten us into this existential mess and so developed countries have the responsibility to take the lead to get us out.

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