As Paris readies for the COP21 talks kicking off Monday, November 30th, you may have questions about what it is, who the participants are, and what is expected to be achieved there. We're here to give you a quick overview, and will be following along through the talks and sharing news on Twitter. Follow us for up-to-date details.
Before we jump in, please join us in echoing the outpouring of support and solidarity with France after the attacks on November 13th.
The COP21 talks in Paris can bring hope for future generations, and could bring the world together for a historic agreement to avoid catastrophic climate change.
What does COP21 stand for?
COP21: Conference of Parties Number 21 - also known as: Paris Climate Talks. This year is the 21st United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP (COP 21).
What happens there?
Once a year, world leaders meet for a UN convention about Climate Change. The purpose of the meetings is to continually assess the nations' progress in dealing with climate change and to negotiate agreements and set goals aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions to avoid the threat of dangerous climate change.
Is there a goal?
Countries will need to make clear how much they will cut emissions. From there, leaders will work to deliver a universal climate agreement signed by all leaders that details the universal actions all 147 Heads of State and Government attending will take to combat climate change.
Why is this year so important?
Scientists have warned us that if the earth warms more than 2 degrees Celsius, the earth will become so polluted that it will be uninhabitable. We're currently calculated to hit this 2 degree Celsius mark in 2036, and 2036 is only 21 years away.
Over the last 100 years, the earth’s temperatures have risen by 0.8%, resulting in historic levels of destruction. Imagine what another 1.2 degrees would look like!
Climate change will not halt overnight as the result of this conference. Every individual on this planet has a duty to make climate action a priority. This duty begins now. We must all encourage our leaders to come away from COP21 with a signed agreement addressing climate action steps for all 190 countries that can be feasibly implemented and legally enforced. Visit Good Magazine to learn more about the conference.You can also get involved with the Earth to Paris campaign here.