COP21 has started at last!
For those of you who feel that they haven’t quite grasped the issues of COP21, here’s a pretty interesting article from the Guardian that explains why this conference is so important.
This weekend, an estimated 2,300 marches were held in more than 175 countries! In Paris, where the march was prohibited, people formed a human chain and 20,000 pairs of shoes were left on the Place de la République as a symbolic gesture.
“What are you doing to make sure that Congress will ratify the agreement you may sign in Paris?” That is a question that 20 people are asking Barack Obama on Curious, a website where you can ask a question to a political representative at COP21. You can also support, somebody else’s question: the questions that get the most support are more likely to be answered!
I just realized that I haven’t talked about the 11th Conference of Youth (COY11) that was held in Paris November 26, 27 and 28! Here’s a little background information.
What is a COY? ==> Young people have been present in the COPs since the beginning, and in 2009, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), recognized youth as a separate group. Since then, they rally under the Youth Climate Movement (YOUNGO), and actively participate in the climate negotiations. A COY takes place right before a COP (in the same country), and its main goal is to decide what the youth’s message will be at the COP.
What about COY11? ==> This COY was bigger than the previous ones (5,000 young people aged from 18 to 30) and its message was: “The young people are ready”. It was held in Paris but there was also at least 1 local COY per continent (including one in Montreal), where actions were held simultaneously!
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“We’ve all been given a gift, the gift of life. What we do with our lives is our gift back” – Edo