There is so much happening, so much information coming out of Paris, that it is difficult to sort through it and not feel overwhelmed by information.
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This week is kicking off with a major focus on vulnerable countries and resilience. As Obama’s opening speech said, ‘no nation large or small, wealthy or poor is immune to the impacts of climate change’. That is why today’s declaration by the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF)–a platform of 20 countries whose people, economies and ecosystems are at risk of irreparable damage as a result of rising temperatures–is of huge importance.
These 20 countries have not only pledged to fight for climate justice, but also to demonstrate how such justice can become a reality. Making 1.5°C real will require a clear and rapid transition away from fossil fuels. It means that countries must agree to decarbonise globally and transform to a 100% renewable energy system by 2050. It also means a Paris Ambition Mechanism that will ensure targets are reviewed before 2020 and then renewed and revised upwards on a 5-year rolling cycle–to keep survival and a just transition within reach. It requires richer nations both to fulfil their promise of providing US$100 billion of climate finance by 2020 and to take the lead in making this the floor for future support for mitigation, adaptation and loss and damage.
ECO wholeheartedly supports countries’ demand to limit the global temperature rise to no more than 1.5°C. If our goal is not to secure the survival of whole countries, then what is it? This is a simple moral imperative that should unite us all.
If ECO had only one wish, it would be that the voices of the most vulnerable should resonate through the negotiating halls of Le Bourget and their demands be supported and championed by all Parties, especially the EU, US, and other countries that pride themselves on being partners in global solidarity.
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Daily Tck: World leaders mark new highpoint in political momentum as COP21 officially opens
After a weekend filled with inspiring calls for climate action around the world, COP21 officially kicked-off at Le-Bourget in Paris on Monday. Over 150 Heads of State attended a leaders summit, eager to show they’re moving in line with the overwhelming shifts toward public demand for a renewable energy-powered and climate resilient world. Leaders statements and announcements marked a new highpoint in the growing level of political momentum which has been on the rise for years. A coalition of vulnerable country leaders committed to the strongest ever call from UN member states – with a bold call for a transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050, a complete decarbonization of the global economy, and a limit to global temperature rise of 1.5DegC. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President François Hollande announced a widely anticipated new alliance, inviting over 100 solar-rich countries to facilitate widespread implementation of solar projects and infrastructure. The US and 18 other countries have pledged to double funds for clean energy research to a total of $20bn over five years, boosting a significant parallel initiative by investors who see opportunity in leading the energy transition. A number of countries also announced contributions totaling US$248 million to the Least Developed Countries Fund. As the Paris talks transition from bold calls for action and commitments from leaders, back to the challenging work of agreeing on the details of a new global climate deal, negotiations are energized. It remains to be seen whether leaders’ governments will back-up their words by delivering over the next two weeks.
News, links & useful grist that caught our eye
Not every country reflected the spirit of this moment in the same way. In the first Fossil of the Day Award for COP21 both New Zealand and Belgium were called out for their climate inaction. For New Zealand, the Fossil was awarded for the hypocrisy it showed when it joined a side-event and urged countries to phase-out fossil fuel subsidies, while at the same time shelling out $80 million dollars to prop up dirty industry. Belgium was shamed by civil society for remaining one of the few EU countries lagging behind on their emissions reduction and renewable energy targets. Lots of organizations live-blogged leaders statements and added context. Coverage in The Carbon Brief, WRI, and Greenpeace EnergyDesk were among those that impressed us most. A new report from IISD puts the climate finance challenge in context. While developed countries boosted the Least Developed Countries Fund by US$248 million, the report estimates that the cost of all 48 Least Developed Countries implementing their post-2020 climate action plans to be around US$93 billion per year. The numbers are in from this weekend’s mobilization. 785,000 world citizens marched for the climate this weekend, and another 3.6 million people signed a call for a meaningful agreement, delivered to leaders in Paris today. Combined with today’s public and private sector action, negotiators have a clear mandate to finalize an ambitious universal climate agreement.
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Our Tree team pulled together an alert with key quotes, and links for Monday’s Leaders Summit. Our friends at the Climate Action Network International hosted a press conference shared the latest numbers from the global climate marches and dug into specifics of what they hope to see in the Paris agreement. They’re also publishing daily ECO newsletters, laying out their case to negotiators. Monday’s version gave a great overview of the network’s key asks.
CAN France and CAN US hosted press conferences offering up regional perspectives on the Leaders Summit. WWF reacted to Xi Jingping’s speech and what this meeting means for China. WEDO outlined red lines for women.
We’ve got some great social graphics to help highlight some of the main comments from world leaders at Le Bourget today. You can find a host of graphics on flickr.
To get a better sense of the atmosphere in Le-Bourget, IISD’s reporting service has a number of high-quality images. We’re also uploading video and photos to our COP21 hub, including a video summary of from today’s Fossil of the Day award.
We’ll also keep you abreast of developments in the wider world of climate activism and action attcktcktck.org.