Make your Case with the United Nations Climate Change Conference

I will describe the United Nations Climate Change Conference and updates to the continuing series of conferences. (The New Progressive Alliance is in special consultative status with the U.N. Economic and Social Council.)

I have read all of the initial international agreement COP 21 (COP 21 – for Conference Of the Parties #21 – Parties are countries.) signed on 12 December 2015. I have practiced law, though never dealt with international law except peripherally in the Navy.

This is certainly not a binding agreement with specific requirements which guarantee our safety. Though under Article 2 the parties will "pursue efforts to" limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C, each country can do whatever it wants to.  Pressure to do the right activity and enough of the right activity must come from its citizens. To say it is worthless goes too far, however, and I believe is too pessimistic. It does give us a point to demand progress, make comparisons between countries, and make public statements. 

Some points:

  • More writing is on adaptations than preventing the crisis.
  • “Parties aim to reach global peaking of greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible…” (Article 4, paragraph 1)
  • It gives an out (Article 4, paragraph 15) for “concerns…with economies.”
  • Each party shall “promote sustainable development and ensure environmental integrity and transparency…” (Article 6 paragraph 2)
  • Countries shall share information and make it public. (Article 12)
  • Each party shall…provide…a national inventory report of anthropogenic emissions by sources and removals…of greenhouse gases…” (Article 13, paragraph 7)
  • The parties will meet starting in 2023 and every five years take stock of the global outcomes. (Article 14 paragraph 2)

Where does this leave us in the United States? Other countries have already surpassed us to a significant degree in the use of renewable energy. Almost all countries pay fossil fuel companies orders of magnitude more than renewable energy. Falling behind other countries in these areas makes us less competitive. The frequency and severity of weather related disasters will continue to increase and it will become more and more obvious how serious climate change is. Link how following the COP 21 will benefit all of us.

Remember including this agreement should be a factor and not a primary argument. There is much animosity against the United Nations, some of it justified. Make your case with benefits of clean energy, better jobs, a more competitive economy, damage of fossil fuels, and cheaper long term costs before mentioning the UN agreement. Then it is good to end with a patriotic appeal that we as a nation can be as competitive as Costa Rica. (or one of the many other countries that have passed us.) I will continue documentation for further United Nations actions.


1-The actual agreement: 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 21 

2-Wikipedia on 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference 

3-3 New Year’s Resolutions That Will End the World’s Dependency on Fossil Fuels

4-So You Want to Volunteer for the United Nations   

5-Paris Agreement – A Test For Climate Credibility

6-Opinion: Unnoticed, We Are Close to Destruction of Our Planet

7-NGO Releases Open Letter To UNFCCC Climate Secretariat & IPCC

8-The Environment

9-The Great Global Transition - Top Ten Stories In this video COP 21 is discussed briefly.

10-It Ain’t Over Until It’s Over — A COP21 Reality Check

11-Paris climate agreement now international law - Landmark agreement now international law, but implementation is critical, IEA says.

12-Why Paris Climate Agreement Is Finally the Beginning of a Long Journey

13-COP22 – Canada Must Align Action With Climate Rhetoric

14-Thank You For Dropping Out of Paris Agreement and Good Riddance  

15-Massive Gap Between Canada’s Emissions Projections And Paris Targets

16-COP23: Countries’ Plans Fall Short, More Ambition Is Needed

17-France and UK vow to make up for Trump's withdrawal of climate change funding - President Emmanuel Macron says France aims to close down all coal-fired power plants by 2021




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commented 2016-01-01 03:02:06 -0800 · Flag
Good and informative article.