COP21: Day 3

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by Make it last on 2 December, 2015

The most talked about events of COP21, day three? We've got them.

The Paris 2015 UN World Climate Change Conference (COP21) aims to reach a new international agreement to keep the global warming below two degrees. Plus – there are a lot of other climate related things at stake. Here are some stand-up happenings from day three – a day that generated 263,571 tweets with the hashtag #COP21. 

– A sleek Volkswagen billboard featured on a bus stop in a Paris street corner caused a lot of stir today. “We drive cleaner. Or just pretend to”… yes – it’s a fake ad put up by eco-activists from Brandalism who targeted Volkswagen because it’s, according to them, guilty of greenwashing. Brandalism are behind another 600 or so ad takeovers in Paris.

– African heads of state announced a gigantic renewable energy initiative that is predicted to have major impact in eliminating energy poverty. The Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI) will “help African nations embrace low-carbon development strategies while creating jobs, improving energy security and bringing clean, safe and affordable energy to the 640 million Africans who currently lack access to it” (WWF). ”

– Not an obvious COP21 event, but impossible not to mention. Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan are welcoming their child to the world by posting a letter on Facebook where they say they will turn over 99 percent of their Facebook shares during their lives. Current worth? About $45bnn. The letter talks about Mark’s and Priscilla’s hopes for their kid’s generation focus on two ideas: advancing human potential and promoting equality, and although focusing on the pros of technology, it also reads “Health starts early – with loving family, good nutrition and a safe, stable environment.” You forgot the hashtag #COP21 though, Mark!

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