The 22nd Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22), the so-called “COP of Action”. After Paris, the climate negotiations continue in Marrakesh, where parties hope to define the rules of implementation of the Paris Agreement and establish a viable plan to provide financial support to developing countries to support climate action.
To achieve climate action, civil society plays an important role and the voices of the most vulnerable countries must be heard.
Environment for Inclusion has had the privilege to be there. As one of the winners of the campaign “100 projects for climate”, promoted by the French Ministry of Environment, we were invited to participate in a discussion with other laureates and introduce our project “Verde Gesell” to the general public.
We were proud to give voice to the people of Villa Gesell, a coastal town of Argentina where young people are called upon to become “recycling leaders” and raise the importance of education in the fight against climate change. Education from schools to homes is a key strategy for climate action, and as a proof of that, several side events were organized around this philosophy at COP 22.
Despite the recent news of Trump´s election in the United States, and the fear of the climate community failing to act quickly and strongly enough to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius, it was also very inspiring to observe firsthand the increasing number of local initiatives that are being implemented around the world. When society drives the change, there is no way back.