Words, words, words: The Failure of the Paris Agreement

In reaction to the text that was released this afternoon, later passed tonight, the spirits today are all different. My heart is heavy and confused: torn between being part of a strong movement that is demanding climate justice while watching a plenary unfold that is delivering an unambitious and immoral deal made of false promises.

The Paris agreement did not start here, or last year. Although during the plenary President Hollande announced that this was the first global agreement on climate, he was ignoring the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change that was signed in 1992. This convention has principles that insists on differentiation between countries, common but differentiation responsibilities, and the need to avoid the dangerous world that is being forced by climate change. It has constantly been under attack from rich countries who have ignored and diluted its core tenants in the last 21 years of negotiations. These principles have been reduced to words without meaning within the Paris agreement and without a proper legal standing and commitments from developed countries

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A Long Term Goal in the Paris Agreement: A Failure Without Differentiation & Equity

By Paige Nygaard

We are getting closer and closer to the end of COP21. Anticipation is growing to seeing what disaster will unfold within the text. Will it be slightly bad? Absolutely terrible? How much will the United States be able to shift the burden of climate change to other countries while also blaming them for any bad deal in Paris?

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