One year ago, we were living in a turning point of history with the adoption of the Paris Agreement at the end of the COP21. It was a turning point in history because it enabled countries to reach an agreement together which wasn’t an easy task. After two weeks of negotiations, countries reasserted the necessity of limiting global warming to “well below” 2 degrees. Today, we count 116 countries that ratified the Paris Agreement, allowing its entry into force very quickly – a record time with respect to international law. For all that, our mobilisation won’t get weaker, quite the opposite!
The Ocean at the core of the climate challenge
Further than the simple victory for the climate with the adoption of a new international set of resolutions, the mention of a single word in the preamble of the Agreement also mean a big victory for us. The mention of the word “Ocean” in the Preamble, as well as the mention of the necessity of its protection, ended a year of mobilisation on a high point. We and the members of the Platform Ocean and Climate successfully performed to make the voice of the Ocean heard during the COP21.
Beyond any doubt this text is far from being perfect and the measures took to protect the Ocean are far from being enough. However, as we were telling you last month, when the Paris Agreement formally entered force, the Ocean never had such a big place in the international negotiations as today. Finally, the latest progress concerns the integration of the Ocean within the Agenda of the solutions during the COP22 that will take place in Morocco next November.
Darwin warning: stop our dependence on fossil fuel energy as soon as possible.
Darwin used to say “it is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”
Despite the recent progresses during the last months, we will continue our efforts towards a better protection of the Ocean. At the Darwin Ocean Climax festival last September, with the support of about thirty other NGOs, we raised the Darwin Alarm. The objective was to call to mind the candidate of the French elections to stop our dependence on fossil fuel energy as soon as possible.
It is now more than ever time to act, change, and adapt our society. If we want to survive this climate change, it is now time to start a fair and sustainable transition, from fossil fuel energy to sustainable energy sources, as well as welcoming the refugees with dignity.
2017: a new year of mobilisation for the Ocean
A new year of mobilisation in 2017 is an opportunity for us to make sure the objectives took in the Paris Agreement will be respected; especially as Fiji will be the president country of the COP23! The Ocean will certainly be at the core of the debate, and anyway we will make sure it is!
See you in 2017!