Climate Action, Climate Politics, Climate Talks, COP22 - Marrakech

COP22- The COP of InAction?

This article is written by Lisa Murken

The Moroccan Presidency ambitiously labelled this year’s climate conference the “COP of action”. All throughout Marrakech big red signs remind the visitor of this theme, they say: “Act”, also in Arabic and French. But so far, this conference feels more like a cosy get-together of a relieved climate community that still celebrates last year’s success of the historic Paris Agreement. Maybe it is the very agreeable Moroccan sun and the inviting and interesting city of Marrakech, that makes negotiators and observers alike rather light-hearted and draws attention away from the task ahead.

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Climate Action, Climate Talks, COP22 - Marrakech, Negotiation Process, The Climate Nerd Chronicles

On board the COP-warts Express

This article is part of the Climate Nerd Chronicles.

Being a climate activist isn’t easy everyday. It feels like being part of a community that can do magic but needs to stay hidden from the regular world. But besides casting disguising spells around their home to make them look normal instead of ecological, they embark every year the COP-warts Express, back to learning a bit more of magic altogether.

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Climate Action, CliMates' 5th Anniversary, Innov'City

The five feelings/steps you go through when you attend an Innov’City conference

This article is part of our anniversary special for CliMates’ 5th birthday!

This article is written by Anais Duhamel & Salomé Hurel

logo-sans-fond-1A year ago a new team was born in CliMates, a team that wants to promote innovation at a local scale and show that each one of us can participate in making our world a better place.
Each Innov’City is unique, targeting one specific community, but the process that makes you want to adopt a more sustainable way of life is the same for all of us. Participating in an Innov’City means getting to know new local projects and initiatives as well as sharing perspectives and ideas with the other participants. Here is a list of 5 different feelings that an Innov’City conference inspires in its audience.

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Climate Action, Climate Talks, Negotiation Process, Youth Empowerment

In 2016, are simulations of climate negotiations still relevant?

Written by Clément Métivier

CIMC logoThe organization of the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris at the end of 2015 was seen as the pinnacle of an historic year for the fight against climate change, culminating with the adoption of a universal climate agreement, and pushing climate negotiations into the spotlight and into mainstream medias.

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Climate Action, Climate Politics, Climate Talks, Negographics, Paris Agreement

Paris Agreement 2015: What’s Next?

This article is part of our Negographics series.

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It took two decades for the annual Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to adopt a universal agreement. Rays of hope have spurred among the global community ever since the unprecedented Paris Agreement (PA) was adopted on the 12th December, 2015 by the 195 countries participating in COP21. Unlike the Kyoto Protocol, the Agreement calls for multilateral efforts by all the Parties with common but differentiated responsibilities, to set domestic targets to shift towards a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy, strengthening sustainable development.

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Civil Society, Climate Action

Aren’t world citizens ready for a change ?

This article is written by Thomas Désaunay.

After 20 years of negotiations, one could expect a final rush. But it is still as slow, at the risk of not reaching an agreement on time. But what is the stumbling block? Aren’t world citizens ready for a change ?

The « World Wide Views on climate and energy » (WWV) project assigned themselves with the mission of answering a question that no negotiators seem to ask themselves: what do the citizens of my country want [1] ? What do these people that I represent want ? Those, who, in case of an agreement, will be the first witnesses and actors of the energy and greenhouse gas reductions.  The same people who, in the event of insufficient action, will be the first to suffer climate change impacts.

WWV conducted a broad international study to answer this question. Far more that a simple anonymous survey, a sample of countries representative of all interest groups of UNFCCC negotiations was selected. Inside these countries, representative samples of the population were in turn selected. Before answering, the respondents attended information sessions dealing with climate, energy and international negotiations.

The results of the study were described as « surprising » by the authors.

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Civil Society, Climate Action, Road to COP21

How Islamic Faith Supports Pope Francis’ Climate Change Encyclical

This article is written by Neeshad Vs.

Viewing “Laudato Si” (“Praised Be”) Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment as an important opportunity to expand the conversation about the relationship between religion and environment, I am writing this post to highlight the Islamic perspective on the issue. Last week encyclical from Pope Francis has been widely hailed for its urgent call to action on climate change. As we have reached the tipping point of the issue climate change, we have no choice but to return back to the riches of spirituality to create new paradigms and new solutions to environmental exploitation and degradation. As the encyclical states, ‘We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing and its human roots, concern and affect us all’.

Every religion has its traditions to protect the environment. The degree to which they are observed only varies. Islam too considers human beings responsible for environmental damage done to Earth. The religion believes that environmental protection is the only way to maintain the balance of life. It integrates the concept of environmental conservation into the philosophy of life for every Muslim believer. By doing so, the people can lessen their actions that damage the environment to guarantee the right for future generations to benefit from natural resources.

On reading the Qur’an, every Muslim understands that we humans will be held accountable for our successes and failures as stewards and hence, we must all strive to improve our roles as stewards. As reported in Muslim hadith[1], the Prophet Muhammad, God’s peace and blessings be upon him, quotes :

“The world is a green and pleasant thing. God has made you stewards of it, and looks at how you behave.”

Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him).

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Business, Climate Action, Road to COP21

The 2015 Business and Climate Summit: how businesses’ contributions can help fighting climate change?

This article is written by Pierre Manenti.
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From left to right: Pierre Manenti (GCP Deputy Director), Delphine Blumereau (CliMates’ President), Oriane Cébile (REFEDD’s President).

On May 21st and 22nd 2015, the UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris hosted the Business and Climate Summit at the initiative of Global Compact France, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and Entreprises pour l’Environnement (EpE). More than one thousand people gather at this special event in the preparation of the December 2015 COP21 summit, including the French President of the Republic François Hollande, the OCDE Secretary General Angel Gurria, the Peru’s Minister of Environment Manuel Pulgar and the Marshall Islands’ Minister of Foreign Affairs Tony de Brum. CliMates’ President Delphine Blumereau and I had the tremendous chance to be invited to this meeting to represent CliMates.

 

During his opening tribune, President François Hollande strongly encouraged the industrial sectors to set targets in order to reduce gas emissions, to cut reliance on fossil fuels, to scale down the use of water and commodities in the production processes and to boost the share of renewable energies. He also called the companies for sharing their innovative solutions against climate change as part as the “Agenda of Solutions” and the NAZCA Platform. Regarding the issue of the carbon price on the European market (EU ETS), he urged voluntarism in the current negotiations, hoping for the establishment of a market stability reserve as early as 2019.

Concluding his speech, President François Hollande asserted:

We need a revolution in business.”

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Climate Action, Climate Politics

Qatar’s gentle push towards a sustainable future

This article is written by Neeshad Vs.

The State of Qatar is an Arab sovereign country located in Southwest Asia, occupying the northeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. Qatar’s oil and gas revenue account for most of its GDP, rising up to $170bn (£106bn) a year. It has the world’s third biggest natural gas reserve and is the top supplier of liquefied natural gas (LPG) according to the US government’s Energy Information Administration.

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Qatar’s lavish Skyscrapers & hotels at Wes Bay, Doha – Photograph: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

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Climate Action, CliMates

Earth Day: the undone history of a movement

This article is written by Nicolas Pinceloup.

What are Earth Days?

As you may or may not know there are two different Earth Days. The first one is happening during the summer equinox of the northern hemisphere (March the 20th) and the second one on the 22nd of April.

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