December 07, 2015
Hello again! As the negotiations are starting to intensify, we'd like to give a bit of an update on what we've been up to during the first week of COP 21 in Paris!
The negotiations opened the week here in Paris riding on a great sense of optimism. There is incredible global momentum moving to a clean energy future, and no matter what happens here, this will not be stopped.
Progress was pretty slow and painful on a number of issues, but the text of the agreement has been cut down and the chance of an agreement is very high. The real question is: will it be fair and ambitious?
The key issue that we have been working on is influencing leaders as they decide whether we should aim to limit warming to 2 degrees or below 1.5 degrees. Vulnerable nations are leading the push for 1.5 degrees, since many of them are unable to survive in a 2 degree warmer world. As they defend their livelihoods, we as young people are standing in solidarity with them and pushing for 1.5 degrees too.
Everyone is exhausted, as evidenced by the fact that we haven't had a chance until now to write this blog post! People are falling asleep all over the place, at computers, in meetings, and in the negotiations themselves! But don't worry, nothing will stop us from fighting for climate justice! Here's what's been keeping us so busy: