A New Year for Responding to Climate Change

Earlier this month, delegates from around the world met in Cancun, Mexico for an important summit regarding the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC). Following last year's mixed success at Copenhagen, most observers of the Cancun conference agreed with UN press release that the result was adoption of "a balanced package of decisions that set all governments more firmly on the path towards a low-emissions future and support enhanced action on climate change in the developing world." The UN's headline optimistically reported that the conference had "restored faith in the multilateral process."

Countries large and small, developed and not-yet-developed came to some essential agreement about how we can work together to limit increase in global temperature and share the costs of addressing climate change fairly.  A good source of more information about the summit is the UK's Department for International Development.

IB students in every programme can inquire, critically reflect, and take responsible action to sustain earth's vital ecosystems. Many organizations sponsor programmes, develop resources, and help to coordinate meaningful responses to climate change. Check out this one: http://www.350.org/en. The picture here is from a project in South Africa where the climate conference will meet in 2011. The rays of this "sun" reflect high-powered solar cooker that use renewable solar power to meet a basic human need.

Many people make resolutions at the beginning of the Gregorian calendar's year. What will you do in 2011 to make the world a better place? You can Make It Happen.


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