Day four of COP21 offered promising words from China, the outcome of the LPAA's Focus Event on Resilience – and an incredible art project.
The Paris 2015 UN World Climate Change Conference (COP21) aims to reach a new international agreement to keep the global warming below two degrees. Make it Last keeps you up to date with the latest news and happenings. Day 4 offered promising words from China, the outcome of the LPAA’s Focus Event on Resilience – and an incredible art project.
– On Wednesday the Chinese government announced that China, the second-largest global economy and world’s biggest polluter, is going to modernize its coal power plants by 2020 to cut their pollutant emissions by 60%. The biggest coal producer and consumer in the world recently acknowledged that it had massively underestimated its consumption and in recent years had burnt hundreds of millions of tons more than initially announced. This newly announced initiative would help save some 100 million tons of raw coal and prevent the discharge of about 180 million tons of CO2 each year, according to the New China Press Agency.
– During yesterday’s Lima-Paris Action Agenda event centered on resilience (the ability of a system to cope with change), a broad coalition of nations, river basin organizations, business and civil society announced the Paris Pact on Water and Climate Change Adaption. This pact brings 305 organizations and 87 countries together to make water systems more resilient to climate impacts. It contains individual commitments to implement adaption plans, strengthening water monitoring and measurement systems in river basins and promoting financial sustainability and new investment in water system management.
– The COP21 gathers in Paris while the city recently suffered from a massive terrorist attack. For security reasons, marches are forbidden in Paris, but quite some initiatives have creatively by-passed this ban. Like the cancelled Global Climate March in Paris manifested in 22,000 empty shoes, French artist JR and American filmmaker Darren Aronofsky created The Standing March. The major public artwork is a video projection of more than 500 people from different backgrounds united around the idea that the conference must end up with meaningful agreements. The work travels through Paris; tonight it will be projected on the Panthéon, tomorrow on Musée Picasso, on saturday on Bibliothèque Ste-Geneviève and on Sunday on the City Hall.
Pictured: JR & Darren Aronofsk’s Standing March. Photo by Yoan Valat, EPA
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