Did you ever wonder where It’s Getting Hot In Here came from? I mean beyond the Nelly song, which is now a distant relic of early-2000s pop culture.
Here’s that story.
It’s Getting Hot In Here, the blog, was founded at the United Nations climate negotiations in Montreal in 2005: COP11/MOP1. Just that year Russia ratified the Kyoto Protocol, meeting the requirement that countries producing at least 55% of global emissions signed on for Kyoto to take effect. Montreal was the first meeting of Kyoto Protocol signatories. It was also the foundation of the International Conference of Youth, the body that brings youth from around the world together to develop a common platform, strategy and story.
The atmosphere in Montreal was both hopeful and frustrated. The Kyoto Protocol had finally come into effect, the first ever international treaty on climate. This was a major step forward. And yet, the United States and Australia, two of the world’s largest emitters, had refused. While delegates met to discuss making the Kyoto Protocol stronger and how to improve implementation, parallel negotiations began to discuss a new framework to replace Kyoto after 2012. It was in this context that I found myself thrust into the international climate movement.