We are two degrees from a vastly different world; a world of catastrophic droughts, mass extinctions, extreme rise in sea level, and more. Overwhelming scientific consensus agrees that this will be our reality within a few decades if we do not curb our carbon emissions. But how can this be done on a global scale?
At the COP21 UN climate change conference in Paris, France held November 30 to December 11, 2015, 196 countries will meet to sign a new climate change agreement. Their aim is to build a “Paris Climate Alliance”, capable of keeping the average global temperature rise below 2°C compared to pre-industrial levels and adapt our societies to existing disruption.
To follow the conference and keep up with the latest news coming out of COP21 visit: United Nations Conference on Climate Change.
To learn more about what the COP21 conference can achieve we suggest reading this article entitled Yes, the Paris Climate Change Conference Can Save the Planet.
To continue the dialogue locally, the McDevitt Center’s initiative on Sustaining Earth will continue this spring with a lecture by Sean Esbjorn-Hargens, Ph.D. (MetaIntegral, Inc.) on March 17th and John Hart, Ph.D. (Boston University School of Theology) on April 7th. Both lectures will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Panasci Family Chapel on the Le Moyne College campus.