We and many others have been using the hashtags #COP21 and #EarthToParis, and perhaps you’ve been wondering what exactly those mean.
What is #COP21?
COP stands for Conference of Parties, and the 21 indicates that this conference is in its twenty-first year. The parties involved in this conference are the 196 countries involved in the UN Framework on Climate Change (UNFCC). COP21 is also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference.
What will happen at the conference?
The goal, for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, is to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on tackling climate issues. The key aim of such an agreement is for countries to commit to work together to keep global temperature increases below two degrees Celsius. This is the maximum level before irreversible damage occurs to our earth from climate change.
Who can help these goals be achieved?
World leaders at COP21 will be reaching out to bring governments, businesses, community groups, the media and people just like us together to focus and work together toward a low-carbon future for our planet.
When and where will this conference take place?
In Le Bourget, near Paris, France, from November 30 to December 11, 2015.
What is #EarthToParis?
This is how we reach the world leaders meeting in Paris to show our support – and encourage them to come to an agreement. By using the #EarthToParis hashtag, we can send messages expressing why and how we want to address climate change. In short, it’s how world leaders can hear from the world.
I can’t make it to Paris this month. What can I do?
More than 40,000 people are expected to be in attendance at COP21, but those of us who will be elsewhere can follow along online and, of course, participate by sending creative messages on social media using #EarthToParis.
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To follow along and learn more about the conference, you can start following #COP21 and #EarthToParis right now, and check out the #EarthToParis site.
Watch and share this video on why COP21 and your voice matters so much.