The high-level segments of COP25 kicked off yesterday, where the heads of government and representing ministers are required to share statements from their country with the other world leaders in attendance. These statements communicate their priorities in tackling climate change, and usually include the progress on what has been achieved thus far.
During the opening of this segment, the urgency could not be understated.
“Each year at COP we are told that the window of opportunity could close soon. The window of opportunity is closing now. My message is this. We need your decisions. We need your leadership. We are out of time.”
– UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa
Yesterday, there was also a focus on ACE — or Action for Climate Empowerment — which encompasses Article 6 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Article 12 of the Paris Agreement. In simple terms, these Articles focus on education, training, and capacity building. Education has historically been the easiest and earliest thing that the Parties have agreed on. In an opening remark during the ACE panel, Martin Frick stated:
“We are reversing the pyramid of education — children are educating their parents and grandparents. They understand that we are in a climate crisis and that the window for action is closing with breathtaking speed. The time for words is over and the time for action is now.”
With education of youth, educators, and communities at the center of our programs, Climate Generation is elated to hear that Italy and Mexico both challenged the world to include education goals in their new climate pledges, naming the upcoming Earth Day (the 50th anniversary, in fact) as a deadline to make new environmental education goals. Italy recently committed to a nation-wide climate change education model and on a high-level ACE panel yesterday, Education Minister Lorenzo Fioramonti spoke of imagining a world where“education is no longer seen as a secondary tool, but it becomes one of the most disruptive, positive tools for change.”
Today, we’re watching as the high-level segment continues, with remaining heads of state sharing and taking stock of the commitments made prior to 2020. If you haven’t been following #MNCOP25 or #COP25, we recommend dropping in today to see the real-time conversation!
TODAY is our on-the-ground webinar with Sarah Goodspeed, providing an inside look into the negotiations. Join in at 12 p.m. CST.
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CLEAN Network Webinar
TODAY, December 11: Inside COP25 with Sarah Goodspeed with special guest – Part 1 (12 p.m. CST)
Thursday, December 12: COP25 + #TeachClimate (11:20 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. CST)
Educators are invited to this special #TeachClimate Network meeting; where their classrooms can participate in a discussion about what it’s like at the COP25 negotiations and facilitate a reading discussion.
Friday, December 13: Inside COP25 with Sarah Goodspeed with special guest – Part 2 (12 p.m. CST)
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