COP25: New Climate Change Measures - Are We Ready to take Action?

Monday, 02 December 2019

A spontaneous kick-off

Today, on December 2nd, 2019, the Ministry of Environment of Chile - Carolina Schmidt - is launching the UN Climate Change Conference COP 25 in Madrid. Given that demonstrations in Chile’s capital have not come to an end, Spain offered to host the 25th Climate Change Conference under the motto #TimeForAction one month ago.

The challenge

In Madrid, the representatives of the UN members will focus on the mechanisms that have to be put in place to achieve the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement – that are at the moment far from being achieved. According to the UN, in order to limit global warming to +1,5°C, CO2 emissions should be reduced by 7,6% per year until 2030. However, this is hardly achievable if China, the United States and also Europe do not step back from their current energy policies and production patterns and take severe measures for cutting down CO2 emissions.

It is going to be a long week for the 197 signing countries of the Paris Agreement (2015), especially after the alarming Report of the IPCC, which told us that it is very likely that the limit of +1,5°C will be exceeded between 2030 and 2052 if emissions keep increasing at the current rate.

Is there still hope?

On the wave of the Fridays for future movement, young people are demonstrating all over the world against climate change, calling on their governments for immediate action. A boost to this conference will be given by the intervention of Greta Thunberg who is on her - ecological - way to Madrid.

Learn more about climate change in the Alps:

Climate Change in the Alps: Protected Areas Fight Back

ALPARC - The Alpine Network of Protected Areas

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