By Alan Fogarty
This week I am joining Bioregional and the UKGBC in Paris to demonstrate Cundall’s support of this important event. This year, for the first time, there is a specific event for buildings, recognising their importance in achieving the targeted cuts. We look forward to hearing how countries and organisations around the world are tackling the issues, piece by piece and also adding our voice to the conversation. There is no silver bullet to resolving this problem and it will need the cooperation of all countries, sectors and professions to each do their bit to help make the cuts that are so necessary.
From 30th November to 11th December, world leaders are gathering in Paris for the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (known as COP21), to try and hammer out a legally binding treaty to counter climate change. This is potentially a unique moment in human history, as the failure to come to an agreement could be devastating for mankind. If the data to date on the rates of release of greenhouse gases is correct along with the upper limit permitted, then we have only a few years to avoid exceeding the two degree temperature rise.
Previous attempts have failed as countries could not agree on the share of the cuts. This time there is hope as the US and China have agreed to participate and the approach to the talks have changed. Countries are allowed to volunteer their own cuts, once they are transparent and legally binding. It appears that if the proposed pledges are kept, then the world would have, remarkably, achieved 80% of the cuts required to avoid passing the two degree threshold. Much can go wrong with tensions between the major powers potentially spilling into open dispute, in areas such as the south China Sea, Ukraine and now Syria. This event will be fascinating and we are looking forward to being a small part of it.
Below is a great short video explaining the what it is all about.
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