Alexander Erzini Vernoit, who hails from Tangier, Morocco, is a student at Yale College, Class of 2016 (SY). He is proud to be a member of the Yale Student Environmental Coalition (YSEC), the umbrella undergraduate organization for the environment, a community which enjoys an extensive history of successful environmental initiatives, both at Yale and at large. While his degree at Yale is undeclared, Alexander holds a deep interest in international policy regarding the climate & energy crisis.
As a YCEI Fellow, Alexander attended the 2012 United Nations Climate Change Conference, or the eighteenth Conference of the Parties (COP18), with several objectives and subjects of interest. In particular, Alexander researched the significant role played by the host of the negotiations, Qatar. In addition, Alexander made contact with the Moroccan delegation, documenting and assessing the positions and actions it took on all the global issues of contention. Further general topics of consideration for Alexander included the future of pan-European emissions policy and international mechanisms for cooperation on funding and technology transfer.