Climate Conference Paris - COP21

COP21 Paris Climate Conference: November 30th - December 12th. 

COP21, also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference reached its conclusion this weekend. The conference was critical and aimed, for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the goal of keeping global warming below 2°C. The conference attracted close to 50,000 participants including 25,000 official delegates from government, intergovernmental organisations, UN agencies, NGOs and civil society.

COP21 concluded on 12 December, 2015 and an historic agreement was reached. You can see the agreed text here

What exactly was agreed and what does it mean for the world's poorest? 

COP21- as it happened: 

Dóchas members in the news on COP21/ What Dóchas members are saying: 

Primetime RTE- Special Report on Climate Change & Ireland
Friends of the Earth's Oisín Coghlan and Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan go head to head with Professor Ray Bates and Kevin Humphreys TD. Click below to watch this segment for everything you need to know about why this matters to Ireland: 

 

Follow the latest conversation around #COP21: 

How NGOs in Ireland are getting involved in the fight for Climate Justice: 

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time and its adverse impacts undermine the ability of all countries to achieve sustainable development. Humans are increasingly influencing the climate due to green-house gas emissions from burning fossil fuels, cutting down forests and farming livestock. Many developing countries are among the most affected, as these countries depend more on the natural environment while they have the least resources to cope with a changing climate. 

Dóchas members have joined the fight against climate change by joining an alliance called Stop Climate Chaos. Stop Climate Chaos is a coalition of civil society organisations campaigning to ensure Ireland plays its part in preventing runaway climate change. Current members include development, environmental, youth and faith based organisations. Find out which Dóchas members are involved here.

How members of the public are getting involved: 

1. Climate Marches took place all over the world on November 29th, to show solidarity and demand action from leaders ahead of COP21.

In Ireland, Stop Climate Chaos organised a march in Dublin with 5,000 people taking to the streets and with hundreds more attending similar marches in Cork, Belfast and Galway. Have a look at some of the coverage on twitter around the People's Climate March in Ireland: 

2. People are also encouraged to sign a petition on Climate Justice: 
Have your voice heard on the issue of climate justice by signing a petition here. For more information on why this petition is important watch this video where Santa comes to Grafton Street to tell people how to join the fight on Climate Change. Visiting Dublin on Nov 24, Santa was keen to rally the troops for the People's Climate events this Sunday, Nov 29, 2pm, Dublin, Custom House Quay, Cork, Grand Parade and Belfast, Writers Square. (Video courtesy of Trócaire). 

Some useful resources for more information on COP21:

Briefing Document for NGOs from Professor John Sweeney: John Sweeney is Emeritus Professor of Geography and a researcher with ICARUS (Irish Climate Analysis and Research Units), Maynooth University. He was one of the contributing authors and review editors of the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), 2007. Ahead of the Climate Conference in Paris he has produced a briefing document for Irish NGOs: Preparing the Road to Paris