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The United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP21 was held in Paris, France November 30 to December 11, 2015. This was the 21st yearly session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 11th session of the Meeting of the Parties (CMP 11) to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. – Wikipedia

Given the transformation needed, #COP21 is a wake-up call to improve our understanding through more engaged communication. Mainstream press and TV coverage will neither improve in quantity nor quality without audience demand.

Before the conference, BBC’s Justin Parkinson (@JustParkinson) asked Is there a danger to environmental jargon? And for those keen on mainstreaming interest in environmental matters, the answer is a resounding yes. Environmental jargon keeps environmental journalism as curiosity features at best. If coverage is to improve, then the organizers themselves need to be more public facing. None of the online press conferences opened the floor to questions from remote participants. The @COP21 Twitter account never replied to questions. The organizers posted zero Creative Commons-licensed images on Flickr.

For those seeking timely and reliable information from the event, dead tree journalism (@BrookingsInst @TimmonsRoberts ) was a disappointment and online coverage triumphed … provided you knew where to look. Kudos to Slate (@EricHolthaus) and Carbon Brief (@CarbonBrief @LeoHickman). Low carbon open access transparency stars were @LaingHamish and @ryanmearns who crafted the open Google Doc #COP21 Tracker https://docs.google.com/document/d/19M59-wHuataEZh8f6joZ_Mvay3IZCbZfaxJKN-H_Bk0/edit that sets a new benchmark for collaborative editing at international events.

Was anything left unsaid? Talked about but mentioned only twice in the final document, intergenerational equity (l’équité intergénérationnelle.

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