What is the COP21?
Every year the Conference of Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) brings together the world’s leaders to discuss and negotiate global agreements for tackling and addressing global climate change. After 20 years of meeting they are still no closer to securing a meaningful agreement to prevent catastrophic climate change. In fact, in that time global carbon emissions have increased by over 60%, and 2015 is on track to be the hottest year in recorded history.
This year’s COP21 is a key summit that is supposed to finalise agreements on global targets for 2020 to 2030 that will put us on a path to limit global warming to 2 degrees C, and avoid catastrophic climate change. But, from the preliminary talks this year, we already know that
the agreement will not keep us below this already insufficient limit.
While our politicians negotiate our future, corrupt industries and dirty corporations are more determined than ever to influence the climate negotiations. They are spending €billions on lobbying and influencing our governments, and on marketing and PR to push fake ‘greenwash‘ solutions. In parallel to the talks, which will take place 15km north of Paris at Le Bourget, corrupt corporations will have paid for a place at Solutions21 – a high profile greenwash summit at Le Grand Palais – as well as a presence inside Le Bourget itself.
Why come to Paris?
Climate change is already hitting the world’s poorest people hardest and it needs to be stopped, and we know the targets in the COP21 agreement will not be ambitious enough to do this. Nor will Cop21 address the underlying problem of the unjust capitalist system that puts the interest of fossil fuel addicted corporations above those of the people.
We need to hold a spotlight on the negotiations, and expose the corporate corruption that is influencing the democratic processes and actively blocking real solutions.
We need to take the world stage standing alongside those who are most affected, and demand ambitious action and real solutions from our leaders, but show that we will not wait for them to ‘save’ us .
As the COP21 talks conclude we want to make sure we have the ‘last word’ on 12th Dec with a global moment for mass mobilisation and bold action. The Paris moment will be defined not by what happens in the negotiating halls, but in the streets of Paris and around the world.
Paris is a key moment to build a bigger, stronger, more globally connected movement. Together we can show that community power is rising up beyond 2015 with real people-powered solutions that can create a just transition to a low carbon world, free from the shackles of corrupt corporations.