by Tiffany Mucci
Today, the world’s Heads of State convene in Paris, as the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) aims for a landmark agreement over the next two weeks which may at last curb global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius.
This past weekend, The New York Times published this article to their website, “What the Paris Climate Meeting Must Do,” explaining the enormity (in terms of both its attendance and initiative) specific to this year’s conference. Previous COP meetings have been responsible for pacts such as the Kyoto Protocol, which for various reasons have not proven to be as successful as originally hoped for. In an effort to favorably shift our planet’s climate prognosis, the organizers of the 2015 conference have taken a new approach to climate change mitigation by asking each participating country to submit their own national pledge for emissions reductions. Because these pledges are coming at a time when global warming has already begun to rear its capricious head, it will be imperative that nations closely monitor and report on the effectiveness of their plans, while regularly reviewing and strengthening their goals.
The overall hope is that COP21 will foster a universally collective commitment towards hampering the rising global temperature before the end of this century, and in effect, avoid future atmospheric tipping points. For more information and updates, visit the COP21 Paris page on the UN Climate Change Newsroom’s website.
Tiffany Mucci is a senior Sustainability Studies major at Roosevelt University and graduate of Joliet Junior College, the first community college in the US. She is the assistant editor of the SUST blog for the 2015-16 academic year, and a co-editor of Writing Urban Nature, an environmental humanities project of the new Roosevelt Urban Sustainability Lab.