Environmentalists Respond to COP21

I’m interested in the responses to the basic agreement made in France during COP21.

Compare these two excerpts of emails I read tonight.

Sierra Club:

Last weekend, negotiators at the Paris Climate Conference wrapped up a landmark global agreement to curb climate disruption by limiting temperature rise to “well below” 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels. Nearly 200 countries committed to reducing man-made emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases and helping developing nations adapt to sea-level rise, catastrophic weather events, and other impacts of global warming. (more)


This time we take to the streets of every major city and smash the post-COP21 complacency. Paris is too little, too late, a toothless deal full of magical thinking. It doesn’t even scratch at the root of the problem: the global system that created the climate crisis in the first place. That’s right—the same failed system that drives the yawning rich-poor gap, the extinction crisis, the doctrine of perpetual war. (more)

Then I stopped by Grist and saw they had an article addressing this disparity — Green groups are deeply divided on whether the Paris Agreement is a win or loss (Adler, 14 Dec 2015).

In this mix, Red Letter Christians posted a story attempting to make a balanced assessment — No, COP21 Is not the Messiah but We Hope It’s not a Naughty Boy Either: The Paris Agreement and Saving the World (Pope, 14 Dec 2015).

Given this range of perspective, how do you view the COP21 agreement?


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