What will you do? An update of hope and action from COP22.

As smoke rises in the US, the rest of the world resolutely put another foot forward this week.

A ray of hope here in Marrakech.

I’ll have more to say––some of it hopeful, some of it damning––about COP22 and climate action soon. In the meantime, this (good news) statement from WWF is a good place to start. Please read.

Without a shadow of a doubt in my mind, we need to let our business and government leaders at all levels know that we demand and support climate action that drastically reduces emissions and quickly adapts to the effects of man-made climate change. We are at 400ppm of CO2 in the atmosphere, friends.

Moreover, we need to be the leaders ourselves by choosing to take climate action in our own daily lives — including the tough conversations with our families, colleagues and communities.

When we look back at this defining moment in history, what will you be able to say you did…

With hope,

Aria

Paris Agreement passes first stress test at COP22
“The UN climate talks continue to be filled with twists and turns, but they have delivered what they needed to this week — putting substance behind the promise of the Paris Agreement so it can be fully implemented. The Marrakech work has not been the most glamorous, but it’s a key step in the chain reaction needed to roll out the agreement.
 
“Countries’ commitment to the Paris Agreement also passed its first stress test this week with the US election results. Unequivocally, they restated that they are in this for the long haul. 
 
“The reality is that the world is moving ahead on this issue. This irreversible momentum will only build as market signals and commitments across all sectors of society continue pouring in.

Read the rest of the statement here.