Revisiting the Paris Agreement
The Paris agreement is five years old. Is it working?
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Given the transformation needed, #COP21 is a wakeup 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).
Solutions. If there’s interest from knowledgeable guests, Planeta.com would be happy to host video hangouts. Meanwhile, we’ll continue to curate relevant headlines on the Planeta wiki. Suggestions are always welcome. Change the world.
Now is the time to set the stage for next year’s big environmental events including
June 5 #IDSW2016
September 2016 World Conservation Congress, Hawaii
December 2016 13th Convention on Biological Diversity (Cancún, México) #cbdcop13
And for those following innovative uses of technology and the social web, can you schedule a presentation by @LaingHamish and @ryanmearns ? (Looking at you New Zealand’s NetHui and National Digital Forum).
Spotlight: Indigenous Cultures and Climate Change
Coordinating Body of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin (COICA)
Interethnic Association of Development of the Peruvian Rainforest (AIDESEP) / CORPI / ORPIAN: Integral Territoriality and ownership for Indigenous People
Indigeous Environmental Network
Peruvian Indians Travel to Paris to Fight for Their Existence
INTERNATIONAL INDIGENOUS PEOPLES FORUM ON CLIMATE CHANGE (IIPFCC): OUR PROPOSALS TO COP21 AND BEYOND
Okalik Eegeesiak Addresses Global Indigenous Peoples in Paris
Bolivia’s Morales, once leftist climate pact foe, turns pragmatic
Spotlight: Climate Matters
Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation: Climate Matters – Dr. James Hansen
Speaking truth to power #ClimateMatters #JamesHansen
Spotlight: Global Forest Coalition: Social movements concerns on the proposed Paris Agreement
Biomyths – the costly carbon scam of bioenergy
Elsewhere on the Web
http://app.opencop.org – @Open_COP21
Were the Paris talks a failure? – Renowned environmentalist Bill McKibben on how leaders are trying to dodge environmental responsibility.
Climate change: will the Paris talks make a difference? – Are global agreements and targets the best way to tackle climate change?
Greg Hunt on the Paris climate deal – The Turnbull Government is under pressure to do more to reduce carbon emissions, following the historic climate deal clinched in Paris over the weekend.
RNZ political reporter on Paris UN climate change conference – The UN is in the final stages of settling an historic agreement to tackle climate change. RNZ’s political reporter Chris Bramwell is there. @ChrisBramwell
Everything you need to know about COP 21 – John Connor from the Climate Institute explains everything from the difference between ‘COP wonks’ and ‘COP tourists’ to how the negotiations actually happen.
Preparing for COP21 in Paris – Robert Hill explains how the 40,000 attendees participate, and how the process is designed to bring about change.
With the benefit of hindsight: Climate change consensus – After the failed climate change talks in Copenhagen in 2009, the world is now looking to the next UN climate change conference, in Paris later this year, for a consensus on how to slash carbon emissions.
Insight: Fossil Fuels – Necessity or Lethal Indulgence? – Eric Fryberg explores what future lies ahead for fossil fuels.
Insights from a COP 21 negotiator – Kevin Conrad served as Papua New Guinea’s Ambassador for Environment and Climate Change for over nine years, and is representing Panama as a negotiator at the UN World Climate Change Conference in Paris.
What’s behind our collective failure on climate change? – Is it simply a matter of entrenched scepticism and vested corporate interests? Or does this failure point to a more fundamental problem with modern politics and the capacity to garner popular consent?
Climate Change Conference, COP21, Paris – The United Nations Conference of the Parties 21 will aim to get a collective commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Dr Adrian Macey of Victoria University is the former chair of the international Kyoto Protocol negotiations on climate change and was New Zealand’s first climate change ambassador.
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#COP21 Questions for @COP21
http://www.worldpolicy.org/blog/2016/04/27/arctic-after-paris – https://twitter.com/duycks
http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/12/19/on-the-media-and-the-landmarkdisastrous-paris-climate-agreement – @Revkin
The Paris deal created a global gift economy for carbon cuts. Here’s how we make it work
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/georgemonbiot/2015/dec/12/paris-climate-deal-governments-fossil-fuels – @GeorgeMonbiot
http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2015/12/11/paris_climate_change_agreement_aspirational_in_a_good_way.html – @EricHolthaus
http://conscious.travel/2015/12/10/aviation-emissions-will-flying-under-the-radar-on-a-wing-and-a-prayer-help-or-prevent-tourism-to-flourish – @ConsciousHost
http://www.theage.com.au/environment/un-climate-conference/paris-un-climate-conference-2015-is-it-possible-to-keep-global-warming-below-15-degrees-20151209-gljtzu.html – @aruptom
Wondering what’s COP21, ADP? Here’s a glossary for U.N. climate talks
How data journalism is impacting the climate change debate – @Fen_Ja
Paris climate conflab pressures airline industry to clean up – Toronto Star
COP21 : protection de l’environnement et tourisme sont-ils compatibles?
World Leaders Bombarded By Art Protest At Paris Climate Talks
Fossil of the Day Award Wins the Paris Climate Summit – @EricHolthaus
Is there a danger to environmental jargon?
Paris climate change talks: What the different groups attending expect from these crucial meetings
How do I … reduce my carbon emissions?
A Paris climate change talks primer for Costa Rica – Jill Replogle/Tico Times
Big summits create big emissions: Pros and Cons – Toronto Sun
Paris climate summit: world leaders told to iron out differences before talks end
Who’s who at the Paris climate conference – @ABCenvironment
What India wants from the Paris climate talks
Paris climate talks: France cancels side events as world leaders ‘vow to seek 2C degree climate deal’