COP22 comes to a close – NGOs, environmental groups, businesses & journalists react

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21 November 2016

42 climate justice organisations respond to election of Trump & its potential implications for climate action

Author: Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice

"Global Climate Justice Movements Refuse to Be Overshadowed by Election of Climate Change Denier to U.S. Presidency," Nov 2016

We the undersigned organisations…gathered…at COP22 issue the following collective statement…in response to Donald Trump becoming President-Elect of the United States…and its potentially devastating implications for…climate justice

We…as climate justice groups…stand in solidarity with all people threatened and impacted by his Presidency. Islamophobia, homophobia, racism, sexism, elitism, and climate denialism are an insult and threat to us all. We are determined not to allow our governments to normalise or accept such a destructive- agenda…Governments must begin by committing to…ambitious action needed to realise the Paris Agreement’s goal…To confront this global crisis we must:

  • End all coal, oil, and gas extraction;
  • Commit to 100% renewable energy…
  • Create a just and equitable transition to a low carbon…
  • …[W]elcome migrants, refugees and climate displaced people…
  • Win back power for people over big business…

The views of one man neither change how the rest of the world sees the climate crisis, nor can they change the reality of what needs to happen to keep temperature rise to a minimum, below 1.5°C…

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21 November 2016

Ambition, accountability & finance for climate action must increase to meet Paris goals

Author: Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)

"CIEL Statement on the Outcome of COP22: Momentum holds for climate action, but ambition and finance must be urgently ratcheted up," 14 Nov 2016

…COP22 demonstrates that countries DO want the Paris Agreement to be successful…47 countries in the climate vulnerable forum…announced they will rely on 100% renewable energy by 2030…Historic polluters must follow their lead and support these countries…including by offering the necessary funds. Overall…progress made at COP22 was slow. In real terms, this leaves the planet…in the same position as last year, with the scale of…commitments too low...Governments must increase ambition and strengthen the rules around public accountability and transparency for climate actions taken by governments and companies. Human rights obligations require governments to make science-based emissions reductions, and they require historic emitters to provide the necessary finance to meet the 1.5 degree goal. We witnessed some progress on the integration of gender equality, the recognition of the value of…indigenous knowledge in designing the methods of implementation of the Paris Agreement, and increasing emphasis on…building the capacity of developing countries to integrate human rights into the core of their climate responses. In 2017, we expect further progress…

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21 November 2016

COP22 demonstrates climate change as central issue of intl. relations & needs to be addressed to meet sustainable development goals

Author: Paula Caballero, World Resources Institute

 "STATEMENT: At COP22 in Marrakech, Climate Negotiators Agree to Roadmap to 2018," 18 Nov 2016

…COP22…concluded…with countries agreeing to finalize the rules for the Paris Agreement by 2018…Following is a statement from Paula Caballero, Global Director, Climate Program, World Resources Institute:

“The Marrakech climate talks affirmed the world’s strong commitment to international climate action…With a final rulebook in hand, the 2018 climate summit will set the stage…[T]he first substantive decision under the Paris Agreement was that it should be served by the Adaptation Fund…[T]he election of Donald Trump sent reverberations through the negotiation halls, but…[n]o country stepped back from its commitment to climate action…National governments were not the only ones taking the long view at Marrakech. As of this week, 200 companies…have put forward emissions targets in line with science, among them Wal-Mart, Mars Inc., and Sony. Climate change has clearly shifted from a siloed issue to being at the center of international relations…At COP22, there was growing recognition that countries will not reach their sustainable development goals without addressing climate change, nor can climate change be addressed without promoting sustainable development...”

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21 November 2016

Countries must reduce emissions in a way that does not jeopardize food security & economic growth

Author: Graham Readfearn, Guardian (UK)

"Marrakech climate talks wind down with maze of ambition still ahead," 18 Nov 2016

...In the lead up to Paris, each country submitted a climate plan — called a Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) — to stay below the warming target. But…when analysts add these plans together, they show that rather than meeting the “well below 2C” goal, they…shoot far passed…But despite this gap being a key issue, it was not a focus of the Marrakech talks…But…countries still sent out strong political signals about raising ambition while…cutting emissions…[B]artering over just how ambitious countries are prepared to be on cutting emissions will go on…[Dr Joeri Rogelj, of Austria’s International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis] uses models that can deliver a whole suite of possible pathways that countries could take to slash their greenhouse gas levels…“You can slash emissions in ways that do not jeopardize economic growth, the eradication of poverty or food security,” he says. “But these models can equally show pathways where things like food security are jeopardized. In the end, that’s a question for society…”

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21 November 2016

Despite disruptions to global climate action movement, companies & govts. clearly committed to meeting Paris goals

Author: Edward Cameron, BSR

"Commitment to the Paris Agreement now Stronger than Ever," 18 Nov 2016

It has been a transformational year for climate diplomacy…However, there have been disruptive events, particularly in the political realm…One key question raised at COP22…is: What can we do to manage this disruption and continue our efforts to forge a low-carbon and inclusive economy? First…we need to “keep calm and carry on”…[A]nxiety hung over the negotiations…However…nearly 200 nations attending the UN climate summit have adopted the Marrakech Action Proclamation, reaffirming their commitment to the full implementation of the Paris agreement…Governments need to hold firm in this commitment to bold collective action…Second, we must encourage distributed leadership. If the US does begin to withdraw…other countries should drive the process…Distributed leadership also means a greater role for ‘non-state actors’, including…companies. The private sector is already rising to this challenge…[T]he volume of tangible business action on climate change continues to grow…Finally, we must strengthen the structured dialogue between government and the private sector…It is crucial that the Action Agenda…identifies and then implements policies that are catalytic for business leadership on climate change…

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21 November 2016

Govts., businesses, cities & civil society must work together to adapt for a climate resilient future

Author: Jennifer Morgan, Greenpeace International

"The world unites, vulnerable countries inspire – but there’s hard work ahead," 18 Nov 2016

I have attended countless UN Climate conferences during the past two decades, but Marrakech will be among the more memorable…Standing with hundreds…around our giant #WeWillMoveAhead banners…I felt a sense of connection and determination through this moment of shared solidarity…The second inspiration…was 47 countries at the forefront of climate change committing to a 100% renewable future…The Climate Vulnerable Forum is setting the pace here and we will be their supporters…Indeed, there is much hard work to do…2016 will be…the hottest year on record. And while global climate pollution is no longer rising quickly, it urgently needs to come down. Coal plants have to close very soon – and there need to be just transition plans developed for all workers affected. Still, the transformation of the electricity sector is now unstoppable…We are also seeing cities…states and businesses delivering 100% renewable electricity…But that is only the start. To prevent dangerous climate change we need to transform also the transport sector…switch to agro-ecology…Indeed, we need to transform the way we live…

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21 November 2016

Video: Mary Robinson calls on businesses to lead climate action implementation in quick & ambitious manner

Author: We Mean Business

"Mary Robinson of Climate Justice," 21 Nov 2016

Mary Robinson of Climate Justice, discusses how businesses are calling for political will, responding to adaption and a key player in implementation of climate action.

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