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Looking Ahead: 4 Important Climate Events Happening in 2015

Looking Ahead: 4 Important Climate Events Happening in 2015

2014 was full of environmental accomplishments. One major highlight was COP20 in Lima where a draft text was prepared for the COP21 climate conference in Paris. Climate change is an important, complex issue, which needs to have the global community on board to create solutions with economic development, population growth management, and resource management in mind. Here are the top international conferences and events you should keep your eye on for 2015:

Arctic Council Ministerial Session

Location: Nunavut, Canada

Date: April 24-25:

The Arctic is warming faster than anywhere else on earth! This meeting will bring together ministers of the Arctic states and high-level representatives of the Indigenous Permanent Participant organizations to set the Council’s objectives for the coming two years and highlight past achievements. The goal is to talk about the future of the arctic, assess threats to it, and decide how its resources can best be used. Countries are claiming their sea at the utmost reach from their coastlines. Due to climate change and the melting of Arctic sea-ice, new waterways are now becoming accessible, and states are fighting for control of these new trade routes. Further adding to conflict are the large reserves of oil, gas and minerals are located within the Arctic. At this conference states will decide the future of these reserves.

At the 2013 Arctic Council Ministerial Session John Kerry stated that, “the scientific research in each of our countries is more imperative than ever in order to protect the atmosphere, the global economy, the food chain, and the air we breathe”.  This statement is even more true in 2015 as climate change continues to occur.

 

Our Common Future under Climate Change

Location: Paris France

Date: July 7-10

Before the much anticipated gathering of world leaders at COP21 in December, there will be a pre-meeting in Paris in July. Building on the findings of IPCC AR5 (5th climate assessment report), this scientific conference, “Our common future under climate change,” will present updated knowledge and address key issues concerning climate change in the broader context of global change.

The question has shifted from scientific basis for climate change to defining the form that action has to take in order to engage in a necessary transition to low-carbon and adapted economies and societies. For stakeholders, the question has shifted from reasons for action to the form action has to take. The outcome of this meeting will give strong indicators to how COP21 will go.

 

Washington D.C. Women’s Earth and Climate Summit

Location: Washington D.C. U.S.A.

Date: September 17-20

This summit aims to stop the escalation of climate change and environmental and community degradation, while accelerating the implementation of sustainable solutions. Through women’s empowerment, partnerships, hands-on trainings, attendees will gain the skills they need to promote economic, social, and environmental action that will benefit people around the globe. Since women will bear much of the brunt of climate change, this summit is incredibly important.

 

The Globe COP21 Legislators Summit

Location: Paris, France

Date: December 5

This the most important climate conference of the year! The international climate conference will convene legislators from all national parliaments in the world. The objective of the 2015 conference is to achieve, for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, a binding and universal agreement on climate, for all the nations of the world. It will take the form of a protocol, or another legal instrument, and will be applicable to all parties. The overarching goal of the convention is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to limit the global temperature increase to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

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