Coming soon: COP21, the Climate Change Summit in Paris

26 November 2015 | Marijn van de Geer

Paris; climate change; environment; global warming; 2C; The 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11); COP21/CMP11; COP21; CMP11If, like me, you have just taken The Guardian’s ‘Hardest Climate Change Quiz Ever’ and managed to only get one right answer (hanging head in shame), fear not! At ResPoss we are all about admitting our limitations and finding ways to move forward. It’s about what we do next: let’s learn. The 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11) only starts next week, so there is still some time to catch up on the issues and start to take part in the conversation.

From 30 November to 11 December Paris will be hosting what is popularly known as the COP21 or the UN Convention on Climate Change.

The conference is crucial because the expected outcome is a new international agreement on climate change, applicable to all, to keep global warming below 2°C.

There have been many, many of these conferences before, most notably the one in Copenhagen in 2009 which was widely seen as a failure and left many of us feel there is little hope for any improvement in the world’s environmental policies. What makes this year’s conference different, is that there are now the INDCs – Intended Nationally Determined Contributions. These are commitments that each country can decide for themselves, but they are then obliged to actually implement them. However, many are worried about the way these commitments are measured, the implementation of the commitments and of course deciding who should put more money towards the reduction of CO2 emissions and who should be receiving more leniency (for example ‘developing countries’ who have a much smaller budget). In short, the INDCs are an interesting idea in theory, but, as in so many cases, the actual practical side of it will be extremely complicated.

The most important thing for us to realise is that climate change does not distinguish between rich or poor, doesn’t recognise borders, what you do for a living or where you are from. In the end, each one of us is going to be affected. So let’s start learning more about it and see what we can do. Many of our Simple Things already have suggestions on what you personally can do to reduce negative impact on our planet’s climate, so have a look. Also all the links to articles and videos above are worth a read/watch to help you get your bearings in this complicated yet fascinating and worth-while topic.

Happy learning!

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