The final day of COP25 is upon us, and it’s slow going from this point on.
This is on par for how these negotiations usually go; the moment when observers and civil society are watching for final details and decisions to be agreed upon with urgency and focus is when the entire process slows down. Negotiators will deliberate over the intricacies of language, and there is the likelihood that they will spill over into Saturday.
It’s been noted across many news sources that the U.S. — and other developed countries with large carbon footprints — has been a key part of the delay in finalizing the Paris Agreement rulebook. Negotiators and observers from at-risk countries are frustrated with the lack of ambition as well, as very few nations have actually signaled that they will increase their pledges to keep the world at a 1.5C warming scenario.
It’s key to remember that local leadership does have the influence to fill in the gaps of federal inaction. We wanted to highlight the U.S. Climate Alliance annual report on the action and progress of participating governments (representing 60% of U.S. GDP and 40% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions). Read about the progress.
Our webinar yesterday connected classrooms of students with Sarah Goodspeed in Madrid, and they discussed the role of youth in being an important conduit to engaging with climate change.
“I think it’s kind of shocking that it’s come to the point where we are teaching adults.”
The news broke that Greta Thunberg was named TIME’s Person of the Year — the youngest to ever do so. This is telling not only of Greta and the strides she has made to mobilize millions, but also of the climate movement as a whole. Youth have played an indescribable part this year in calling for urgency and elevating the reality of the emergency we are in, and they have been providing real pressure during COP25. They are communicating the moral responsibility we all have, as we fight to protect their future.
As the negotiation’s final processes unfold, be sure to stay tuned in real time at #MNCOP25. We won’t be back in your inbox until Monday, where we’ll recap the negotiations and look toward next year’s COP26.
Our last webinar is today! Grab a cup of coffee and join us at 12 p.m. CST to hear how people are feeling in Madrid as COP25 comes to a close.
Climate Generation Delegation Blogs
Sarah Goodspeed, Climate Generation
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CLEAN Network Webinar
Inside COP25 with Sarah Goodspeed – Part 1
COP25 + #TeachClimate
TODAY, December 13: Inside COP25 with Sarah Goodspeed with special guest – Part 2 (12 p.m. CST)
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