CARIBBEAN CLIMATE JUSTICE NEWSWIRE
ERIC HOLTHAUS, SLATE (12 DECEMBER, 2015)
After two weeks of talks and more than two decades of meetings, representatives from 195 nations gathered in Paris on Saturday to celebrate what they called a “historic turning point” in world history: The first-ever universal agreement intended to slow the onset of climate change.
SAINT LUCIA NEWS ONLINE (13 DECEMBER, 2015)
Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Antony has congratulated Minister James Fletcher for the “outstanding job” in providing leadership to St. Lucia and CARICOM at the Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21).
JAMAICA GLEANER (12 DECEMBER, 2015)
Nearly 200 nations adopted the first global pact to fight climate change today, calling on the world to collectively cut and then eliminate greenhouse gas pollution, but imposing no sanctions on countries that don't.
FIONA HARVEY, THE GUARDIAN (13 DECEMBER, 2015)
With all 196 nations having a say, the UN climate deal, with all its frustrations and drama, has proven that compromise works for the planet.
ANDREW RESTUCCIA, POLITICO (13 DECEMBER, 2015)
It took a last-minute tweak to the text and a huge coalition to help pressure China and India to get a deal.
JUSTIN GILLIS, NEW YORK TIMES (12 DECEMBER, 2015)
After the stomping and cheering died down, and the hugs and toasts ended, a question hung in the air as the climate conference came to a close: What does the new deal really mean for the future of the Earth?
THE GUARDIAN (12 DECEMBER, 2015)
While the summit delegates herald their ambitious targets, scientists and campaigners have mixed views of the agreement.
UNFCCC (12 DECEMBER, 2015)
195 Nations Set Path to Keep Temperature Rise Well Below 2 Degrees Celsius
CLOSING SESSION, COMITÉ DE PARIS, COP21 (12 DECEMBER, 2015)
"President Francois Hollande, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, COP 21 President Laurent Fabius, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen.
It is with a deep sense of pride and gratitude that I take the floor on behalf of my country Saint Lucia and the Caribbean Community, CARICOM, for which we hold lead responsibility for Climate Change and Sustainable Development.
The Government of Saint Lucia and the governments of the countries that make up CARICOM, applaud the process that has culminated in the production of the Paris Agreement that we have just adopted. This has been a resounding triumph of multilateralism. You employed an inclusive, transparent, Party-driven mechanism that allowed every country, regardless of physical size or economic circumstance, to have its voice heard.
BILL MCKIBBEN, GRIST (12 DECEMBER, 2015)
The world’s governments have now announced their intentions. And so the rest of us can hold them to those promises, or at least try. What, you want to build a pipeline? I thought you were going to go for 1.5 degrees. You want to frack? Are you fracking kidding me? You said you were going for 2 degrees at the absolute worst.