Paris Climate Change Talks

This may be of interest to some Community Members:

This week tens of thousands of people filled the streets of Paris to celebrate an agreement that will end the fossil fuel era and turbo-charge the clean energy revolution.

While these talks are not an end point, they are a tipping point.

We should remember this moment as the moment humanity united to eliminate pollution and create a safer climate for life on Earth.

And know that it couldn’t have been achieved without your efforts and the efforts of communities around the world who care about a better future for all living things.

You wrote letters and signed petitions, you called and met with local MPs, you turned out at events and demonstrations and you made leaders take notice with the biggest climate march the world has ever seen. You never gave up.

The Paris agreement is not perfect but it’s a huge step forward.

It commits to keeping the world well below 2 degrees hotter with an aim of 1.5 degrees, which would give vulnerable communities hope and the places we love, like the Reef, a chance to thrive.

It makes sure efforts to cut pollution can only get more ambitious over time – something we desperately need in Australia.

And it ensures that financial contributions will escalate to help the world’s poorest countries, like our neighbours in the Pacific, cut pollution and cope with the impacts of global warming.

This is an incredible vision. But it will remain a vision until we turn it into action.

 

Australian Conservation Foundation

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