In climate circles, where folks regularly work, talk and take action on climate change, “The Road to Paris and Beyond” is becoming a mantra of sorts, and it is something that all of us, outside those climate circles, need to clue into as well.
From November 30th until December 11th, government representatives from more than 190 countries will come together in Paris to discuss a new global agreement on climate change. Dubbed COP21, or the 21st Conference of the Parties, the goal of this gathering will be to collectively and individually (by country) reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, and hopefully stave off the worst impacts of climate change. Each country has developed it’s own Intended Nationally Determined Contribution, INDC (a very long winded way to say their own plan to cut greenhouse gases). Some countries have reached far on these, but too many have not.
We know that we are running out of time to curb emissions and that scientists are telling us the world is poised to pass through thresholds for which there will be no turning back. We know the planet will be here, but there is broad consensus amongst scientists studying climate change that the existence of many of earths living creatures, we humans included, is at stake. It is that dire and that critical. But, even knowing this, politics get’s in the way and a clear commitment by our governmental leaders isn’t clearly going to happen.
That’s where we come. Yes, each of us can and must be part of the solution, and each of us can and will make a differnce. Here at ClimateMama we believe this deeply, and it truly gives us climate hope. We see groups coming together that have never before worked together; climate justice, labour unions, The Green Tea Party, Black Lives Matter, faith and religious organizations of all stripes; the people of the world really seem to be waking up, even if our elected officials aren’t. We need to remind them that if they hope to stay elected that “we are watching” and that we want real action, not just more talk on climate change that goes no where.
So, on this Road to Paris, here is a partial list of some of the many events planned over the coming months.
A few of these very near and dear to us at ClimateMama. They are events we have helped plan or will be a direct part. We’ve also included events and actions by friends, colleagues and other notables; ones we can all support, get behind, and get involved with. Pick one, share one, share them all. Let us know what’s happening in your community so we can add it to the list.
August 31-September 3rd President Obama visits Alaska and the Arctic circle to talk climate solutions. https://www.whitehouse.gov/2015-alaska-trip “Without more aggressive action, we will condemn our children to a planet beyond their capacity to repair.” President Obama, September 1, 2015
September 2rd, Twitter chat, 2pm ET, Find us #CRinFlorida. Hosted by Climate Reality. Panelists: Climate Mama (@climatemama), Earth Guardians (@EarthGuadianz) , Vanessa Hauc (@VanessaHauc) Sergio Carlo (@SergioCarlo) Sam Champion (@SamChampion)
September 3rd, Green Gotham TV, interview with ClimateMama Gotham TV, Vimeo and Youtube
September 9th & 10th, Grandparents Climate Action Day, Washington DC
September 20th, “OFF the Rails, Rivers & Pipelines…ON with Renewable Energy” Teneck New Jersey
September 21st, Anniversary of New York City Peoples Climate March
September 21-25th Moral Action on Climate , Washington DC, events all week long.
September 24th, Pope to address Joint Session of Congress, Rally on the Mall, Washington DC
September 25th, Pope to address United Nations and also travel through Central Park.
September 29th, Global Women’s Climate Justice Day of Action, hub event NYC, Women Speak, Climate Justice on the Road to Paris and Beyond
Oct. 14th, National Day of Climate Action
October 15h, Forum 2015: Today’s Fossil Fuels and the Future of our Children’s Health, Stony Brook University, The Mothers Project, Center for Environmental Health
November 13-14th, Live Earth, The Road to Paris and 24 Hours of Reality, The World is Watching, from Paris and around the world..Online, Paris and around the world..
November 28-29th, the global days of action on the eve of the Paris Climate Talks Huge march in Paris on November 29th, with solidarity marches in other major cities around the world.
November 30-December 11th, COP21, Conference of the Parties
December 12 massive people mobilization in Paris
We are all in this together and we can and will make difference.
P.S. We were fortunate to share all this information with our friends Green Diva Meg and Green Diva Lynn on The Green Divas Radio Show. Listen to the podcast below, and enjoy their humor, thoughtful comments and great ideas as we talk, “The Road to Paris and Beyond.” Share it with the kids in your life too 🙂