COP 21 – is it now or never?

When you are in education and work with young children, there is no turning your back on issues that we know are going to affect their future. I have been involved in environmental education for many years and finally we are even seeing economists realising that the effects we are having on our environment are significant and will not respect location or whether you are rich or poor.

The evidence is too overwhelming about the damage to the future of life on the planet, whether it be forest destruction, over fishing, air pollution along with increases in global temperatures and rise of sea levels.

I have always been concerned about the amount of environmental awareness but lack of  env. action -now it is becoming serious!

I’ve seen 21 years of COP failures. Paris needs to deliver action, not talk (

There was widespread anticipation – nurtured frantically by the host nation – that the UN-sponsored climate summit (COP 15) would be “historic”. That the impasse on global climate change would be broken. That major CO2 emitters – the US, EU, China, India – would agree on a meaningful binding agreement that would (a) limit their emissions, (b) support developing countries in their transition to low-emission futures, and (c) create a mechanism to assist vulnerable countries in coping with the costs of adaptation and climatic disasters that, by then, had already become inevitable.

That, of course, did not happen.

My own country, Pakistan, contributes less than 1% of global emissions, but is a frontline vulnerable state. Melting glaciers, messed-up monsoons, intense heat waves, erratic and severe floods: these are not just projections for the future, these are realities Pakistan is already having to adapt to. Research suggests that by 2040,agriculture productivity could drop by 8-10%; by 2050, the cost of adaptation could be as high as $14bn a year.


Young and Future Generations Day at COP 21

Young and Future Generations Day will comprise youth-led side events, workshops and activities and a continuous stream of creative actions that prove young people are key players in reaching innovative and ambitious solutions to climate change. A lead event on intergenerational equity, jointly organized by the UN Joint Framework Initiative on Children, Youth and Climate Change (YOUNGO), and the UNFCCC Secretariat in collaboration with the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, will provide an opportunity to engage youth delegates from around the world with key players on the intergovernmental climate change arena. Other events include interviews with COP 21 participants and side events related to youth.

date:3 December 2015  venue:Parc des Expositions, Blue Zone (Room 10), 93350 Le Bourget  location:Paris, Ile-De-France, France  contact:UNFCCC Secretariat  phone:+49-228 815 1000  fax:+49-228 815 1999 www:

Education Day at COP 21

Education Day at COP 21 will comprise a series of events that promote changes in lifestyles, attitudes and behavior needed to foster sustainable development and to address climate change. Events during the thematic Day will provide examples of good practice and lessons learned in climate education, including at a ministerial event in climate change education and sustainable development organized by the French Government, followed by a series of mini-events, a UN side event on formal climate change education, and a CCE side event on non-formal climate change education.

date:4 December 2015  venue:Parc des Expositions, 93350 Le Bourget  location:Paris, Ile-De-France, France  www:


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