Yes, I did.
Surprised much? That was my rebel character coming out for awhile there.
I was pretty much afraid they would say no. After deciding to say GO to my team to attend the annual climate change conference on the 31st October, I had about 3 weeks to collect fund to fly me to Poland. Didn't know what I put myself into back then. I just wanted to go and see the world. Though, doubts and worries hit me hard, I was like, can I really have sufficient money to go there? Then, a good friend of mine said:
Never limit yourself, you'll never know how far you will go.
Tried all kinds of method due to limited time: personal outreach, via LinkedIn and a journalist from selangorkini even reached out to me. Tried to keep it low from my personal social media, but still managed to seek help all over the world. And God was so kind, three days before flying, funds came in. I was ecstatic for awhile. Tried preparing myself mentally and physically to go there. And yes, I did tell my parents - and they were OKAY. Pheww.
I was informed that the temperature at Poland will reach below zero. Needed to stay warm and embrace the cold. Friends were kind to give their winter clothes so I did not need to buy. Everything was kept in limited budget, and also to keep it more sustainable? :)
Thus, as the time came, I was there to attend the 2 weeks of COP24. A euphoric moment to be able to witness the adoption of Paris Agreement Working Programme (PAWP) for all governments following the three years . Follow the UNFCCC COP24 stories here.
Moving on to my stay there, it was a small, comfortable flat I could say. Had the room to myself at Krakow. As my schedule were pretty hectic, where I needed to attend the conference from morning till night, so I spent most of my time: 70% of time in Katowice - the conference area. 20% was due to the long journey, and the remaining was just for self -care.
Nevertheless, I was blessed to meet people all around the world who shared the same vision and care to our mother earth, also the locals whom I learnt a little Polish. Without them, it will be pretty lonely throughout the journey.
In summary, I could say I was pretty active in attending the side events and doing actions at the conference area. Ate vegan food almost everyday (it was freee :) ), learnt to step out of my comfort zone and indulged myself to the local food (was ranting to get Malaysian food back then, haha).
|With newly made friends, from all around the world|
|Some snippets of Krakow and Katowice|
Thus, before December ends, let's celebrate our achievements and falls for this entire year. YOU did your best. WE did our best. Be kind, always. And pay it forward. Cheers for a more sustainable and exciting year, hopefully.
Note: More articles coming from my NGO website. Will share the links soon. Just wanted to document this short Poland post here so I could reminisce :)