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Historic Agreement ‘Brings Us Together’: Now for the Hard Part - Kennedy Graham COP21 blog 6

The outcome is historic. The international community is, substantively for the first time, acting as a global community facing a global problem. All 196 parties are accepting a legally-binding obligation to undertake effective action to avert dangerous climate change. The ’92 Framework Convention set up the global objective and structure. The 2015 protocol (otherwise known as the Paris Agreement) is requiring nationally-determined contributions (NDCs) from everybody to deliver on the global objective. It is a big success. Now the hard part begins. The hard part is because the 196 parties are, currently, under-delivering on the global effort. And, more critically, it has yet to be shown that the mechanism for remedying that is structurally sound.
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Urgent Action Must Follow Paris Agreement: Statement by Green Members of Parliament

13 December 2015

The Paris Agreement must be followed immediately by urgent action in emission reductions if the world is to avert dangerous climate change, said Green members of parliament on the conclusion of the UN climate change today.  

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COP21 Daily Blogs - Elizabeth May, MP

The Paris Agreement is an historic and potentially life-saving agreement. It does more than many of us expected when the conference opened on November 30. It will be legally binding. It sets a long term temperature goal of no more than 1.5 degrees as far safer than the (also hard to achieve) goal of no more than 2 degrees. In doing so, it may save the lives of millions. It may lead to the survival of many small nations close to sea level. It may give our grandchildren a far more stable climate and thus a more prosperous and healthy society. It clearly means the world has accepted that most known reserves of fossil fuels must stay in the ground.
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COP21: aprueban histórico acuerdo contra el cambio climático en la cumbre de París

La jefa de temas climáticos de la ONU, Christiana Figueres, el secretario general de la ONU, Ban Ki-moon, el ministro de Exteriores de Francia, Laurent Fabius, y el presidente de Francia, Francois Hollande.

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Global Greens Parliamentary Leaders – Inaugural Meeting

Paris, 12 December 2015

The parliamentary leaders of Green parties around the world held an historic first meeting at the UN climate conference in Paris, today.

The meeting was hosted by the Global Greens Parliamentarian Association (GGPA), a group established at the Global Greens Congress in Senegal in 2012.  

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The Text as it Needs to be - Kennedy Graham COP21 blog 5

At present, the text fails to avert dangerous climate change. A diplomatic success in producing a document. A political failure in that the document does not guarantee attainment of the stated purpose. In what ways does it not, will it not, do that? In two ways: 1) The global emissions reductions are inadequate, both as to magnitude and speed; 2) There is no meaningful exploration of national responsibility levels for sharing the Global Carbon Budget.
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The President’s Text: Invertebrate and Vulnerable - Kennedy Graham COP21 blog 4

The President’s text of 9 Dec. has weakened the co-chairs’ text of 5 Dec. to a dangerous degree. With mitigation, there are eight main components: purpose, long-term goal, individual effort, progression, timing, ex ante process, adjustments, and stocktake. With four of these, the text remains more or less unchanged (individual effort; progression, timing and adjustment). But in four others, the text is weakened, as is shown below.
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The Federation of the Green Parties of the Americas and Climate Change

The only sustainable solution comprises working on the root cause of ecological imbalance and this implies the development of an environmental consciousness within humanity. We believe that the essential obligation of the Green Parties of the world is to promote living conditions that enable practical environmental awareness. Therefore our work should include: 1) Establishing education systems that promote an alternative view of the economy and society, one where the planet is seen as the common home for humanity and where life is respected in all its forms; 2) Implementing systems of social justice in order to allow a fair distribution of wealth and to fight poverty; and 3) Modifying the current economic growth-based model of exponential production-consumption. In short, the Greens of the Americas believe that COP 21 must reach a binding agreement to reduce emissions with objective of 1.5°C degrees minimum and that the fund created to help the most vulnerable nations is actually intended and used for that purpose.
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La Fédération des Partis Verts des Amériques et le changement climatique

La seule solution durable implique travailler sur les causes à l'origine du dérèglement écologique au niveau planétaire, ce qui implique le développement de la conscience environnementale dans l'ensemble du genre humain. Nous croyons donc que l'obligation essentielle des partis Verts du monde est de promouvoir des conditions de vie idéales pour atteindre une telle conscience environnementale. Par conséquent, notre travail devrait inclure: 1) Mettre en place des systèmes d'éducation promouvant un point de vue différent, considérant la planète notamment comme une maison commune à toute l'humanité où la vie est respectée dans toutes ses formes; 2) Mettre en œuvre des systèmes fondés sur la justice sociale afin de permettre une répartition équitable de la richesse et de combattre la pauvreté; et 3) Modifier le modèle actuel de croissance qui ne pose pas des limites à la production-consommation Ainsi, les Verts des Amériques croient que les pays participant à la COP21 à Paris doivent parvenir impérativement à un accord contraignant afin de réduire les émissions de gaz à effet de serre, ayant comme but un maximum de 1,5°C dégrée au-dessus des températures moyennes. Ils doivent également se mettre d'accord sur la création d'un fond pour aider les pays les plus vulnérables afin que ceux-ci puissent surmonter également les challenges posés par le dérèglement climatique.
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La Federación de Partidos Verdes de las Américas (FPVA) y el Cambio Climático

La única solución sostenible incluye trabajar en el origen profundo del desequilibrio ecológico y ello implica el desarrollo de la conciencia ambiental de la humanidad. Consideramos que la obligación esencial de los Partidos Verdes del mundo es promover condiciones de vida para alcanzar esta conciencia ambiental. Por ello proponemos: 1) Establecer sistemas de educación con una visión diferente, donde el planeta sea visto como el hogar común donde se respeta la vida en todas sus formas; 2) Implementar sistemas de justicia social que permitan una equitativa repartición de la riqueza para combatir la pobreza; y 3) Modificar el actual modelo de producción-consumo creciente. En resumen, los Verdes de las Américas consideramos que la COP 21 en París debe alcanzar de una vez por todas un acuerdo vinculante que reduzca emisiones para alcanzar un máximo de 1.5°C y que el fondo de ayuda a las naciones más vulnerables sea efectivamente destinado a ese efecto.
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