At 7:30pm on 12 December 2015, the Paris Climate Agreement was officially adopted by the parties. NZYD believes that the Agreement is a small step in the right direction, and have released the following press statement about the “Paris Moment”.
The New Zealand Youth Delegation is saying that the Paris Agreement ‘takes an inch forward, but miles more needed’. The two week climate change talks were a chance for governments to accelerate the transition to a safe, clean energy future that is already underway. However, the agreement concluded on Saturday evening failed to match the ambition being demonstrated by communities and businesses around the world and left observers asking for more.
“This is a historic moment where all countries around our planet have recognized the need to bestow a safe and liveable climate for young and future generations. There are positive aspects of the deal, including the recognition of a safer 1.5 limit and the review mechanisms for monitoring and increasing countries’ climate ambition. This “Paris Moment” has been made possible thanks to the work of the climate movement around the world – communities and businesses coming together to take the reigns of leadership where governments would not,’” said New Zealand Youth Delegation Spokesperson Ben Abraham. Read Full Article →