The climate change talks in Paris (known as COP21) ended with an agreement this Saturday 12th December. Restless Development has hailed the positive impact civil society campaigning has had on the final document, ‘The Paris Outcome’. However, it has urged campaigners to remain vigilant to ensure that the detail that follows it stick to the priorities of young people.
The legally-binding agreement has been widely welcomed for being far more ambitious than previously expected. The commitment to work towards keeping global temperature rises below 1.5 degrees and the $100 billion fund for developing countries have been celebrated.
However, it is also acknowledged that the agreement has plenty of flexibility in its language and so there is plenty to do for campaigners to ensure that Governments live up to the spirit and not only the letter of what has been adopted by 195 member states.
Campaigners have already marked out COP22 to be held in Morocco next December as a moment to focus on such details.
Catriona Currie, Restless Development’s Campaigns Manager, said:
“This ambitious agreement is down to the hard work of young campaigners across the globe, working alongside the rest of civil society to pressure Governments into doing the right thing for our planet.”
“However, we believe that young people’s vision of a world without poverty and inequality remains threatened by climate change. As the details are fleshed out in the near future, we will continue to fight for the priorities of young people across the world.”
Here’s a look back on Restless Development’s recent campaigning around Climate Change:
Things kicked off with our Hot & Bothered event on Sunday 29th November, where we were joined by street artist Lily Mixe and joined The People’s March in London
We then launched the #CoolerPlanet blog series, which showcased young voices from all over the world on the issue of climate change.
Our campaigning continued online and offline across the world, with stunning graphics shared widely on social media and local actions taking place in communities far and wide:
Restless Development’s first ever ‘Green Week’ was launched to coincide with the second week of COP21.
And, of course, we had a team of young activists on the ground in Paris making sure decision-makers heard the stories of young people in communities affected by climate change the most. Watch the video below to hear their thoughts on what is in the agreement and what still needs to be fought for: