The UN climate conference COP21 is expected to be a turning point in taking action on climate change. Over the past few days half a million people around the world took to streets in record numbers calling world leaders to do their part in scaling up climate action. The record number of leaders and record number of delegates attending the talks is truly historic- and highlights the global desire to improve the future of our world.
People have come here to support an ambitious agreement. However, with so many stakeholders involved and different perspectives, this is understandably no easy task. However, political dynamics have shifted so that the vast majority of countries now see a climate agreement in their interests. Today being the first day of COP21 marks the beginning of the climate talks and negotiations, and the world is watching on what outcomes will be achieved.
The former executive secretary of the UNFCCC, Yvo de Boer, says that Paris should have three core elements to achieve a successful agreement: “The first is to agree on a process to review the adequacy of commitments and their implementation…The second is to reach a compromise deal on finance…The third is to regularly review the process itself to think about how the international community can deliver on implementation.”
The solutions are real and available. Renewables are cheaper and more powerful than ever – having been pushed by community leaders and progressive businesses. The energy sector, accounting for some two-thirds of all global emissions, must be a top priority for action if we are to keep global temperature rise below 2°C. Accordingly, for the first time at any UN climate conference, renewable energy solutions will be showcased in a series of high-profile events. The ‘renewable energy track’, named RE-Energising the Future (#REenergise), will demonstrate that renewable energy, together with energy efficiency, offers a realistic path to limiting global temperature rise. In the first few days of COP21 world will take their message from the opening days and use it to empower the negotiators and ministers to produce an agreement which can accelerate the transition to 100% renewable energy, reduce poverty and protect vulnerable people from the impacts of climate change.
An interview with COP TV- RTCC provided me the opportunity to speak of the mission of INTO Farms and how agriculture at large is being impacted by climate change. Watched by millions across the globe, COP TV is a means of sharing knowledge, concerns, and calling on our leaders to make firm commitments on climate change. The link to the interview will be provided in the coming days.