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Young Climate Activists Disappointed With Climate Negotiators At COP25

Publish On: 13 Dec, 2019 11:07 AM | Updated   |   Madhurima  

With the ever so slow negotiations taking place at Madrid’s UN Climate Conference, young climate activists are losing patience. In the conference, countries are coming together to set up goals and establish rules under the Paris Climate Agreement.

The Paris Agreement has been established at the conference for the first time. It’s focus lies upon bringing together all nations for the common cause of battling climate change and adapt to its impacts, while providing enhanced support in doing so to the developing countries.

The 2019 Climate Conference is the 25th session of Conference of Parties, most commonly known as COP25. The Conference of Parties (COP) features the supreme decision making body of the convention. The COP meets every year and reviews national communications and emission inventories (amount of pollutants discharged into the atmosphere) which, the party submits. Based on the aforementioned data, the decision makers calculate the effects of the measures taken by them and progress made to achieve the established goals.

During the plenum session, Hilda Flavia Nakabuye, a 22 year old Ugandan activist said, “You’ve been negotiating for the last 25 years, even before I was born.” While defending her choice to skip school and join fellow students for going on weekly climate strikes, she added, “I’d rather fail my exams than fail my generation.”

Greta Thunberg, the Swedish youth climate change activist shared, “We are desperate for any sign of hope.” She further added “I’ve given many speeches and learned that when you talk in public you should start with something personal or emotional to get everyone’s attention, say things like ‘our house is on fire,’ ‘I want you to panic,’ and ‘how dare you.’ But today I will not do that, because then those phrases are all that people focus on. They don’t remember the facts, the very reason why I say those things in the first place.” Thunberg was also declared as Time Magazine’s person of the year.

This year’s COP is of immense significance as it’s being conducted after the largest environmental protest in the history which occurred during the month of September. New scientific reports have also surfaced which mention the dangerous impact the climate change is having on land and ocean. Yet, the countries are wafting further away from the goals set to limit global warming within the Paris Agreement.

With the ever so slow negotiations taking place at Madrid’s UN Climate Conference, young climate activists are losing patience. In the conference, countries are coming together to set up goals and establish rules under the Paris Climate Agreement.

The Paris Agreement has been established at the conference for the first time. It’s focus lies upon bringing together all nations for the common cause of battling climate change and adapt to its impacts, while providing enhanced support in doing so to the developing countries.

The 2019 Climate Conference is the 25th session of Conference of Parties, most commonly known as COP25. The Conference of Parties (COP) features the supreme decision making body of the convention. The COP meets every year and reviews national communications and emission inventories (amount of pollutants discharged into the atmosphere) which, the party submits. Based on the aforementioned data, the decision makers calculate the effects of the measures taken by them and progress made to achieve the established goals.

During the plenum session, Hilda Flavia Nakabuye, a 22 year old Ugandan activist said, “You’ve been negotiating for the last 25 years, even before I was born.” While defending her choice to skip school and join fellow students for going on weekly climate strikes, she added, “I’d rather fail my exams than fail my generation.”

Greta Thunberg, the Swedish youth climate change activist shared, “We are desperate for any sign of hope.” She further added “I’ve given many speeches and learned that when you talk in public you should start with something personal or emotional to get everyone’s attention, say things like ‘our house is on fire,’ ‘I want you to panic,’ and ‘how dare you.’ But today I will not do that, because then those phrases are all that people focus on. They don’t remember the facts, the very reason why I say those things in the first place.”

Thunberg was also declared as Time Magazine’s person of the year.

This year’s COP is of immense significance as it’s being conducted after the largest environmental protest in the history which occurred during the month of September. New scientific reports have also surfaced which mention the dangerous impact the climate change is having on land and ocean. Yet, the countries are wafting further away from the goals set to limit global warming within the Paris Agreement.