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News from COP 21 in Paris

Bee and Yaira spent the last few days in the Civil Society Zone, interacting with people from around the world attending to lend their voice to the COP 21 climate negotiation process. They have written a quick update on the negotiations that are ongoing in Paris. They also interviewed delegates with the United Methodist Church General Board of Church and Society, the Youth Ambassador for Native Children's Survival, and the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of California. Watch the now:


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Last night, around the state, people of faith gathered for interfaith climate vigils to provide dedicated time for reflection, community connection, and shared commitment. Through a pre-recorded video, participants got to experience a taste of COP, followed by Q&A with Bee, Yaira, and Austin Mayor Steve Adler, who is participating in the negotiations. Many thanks to everyone who attended!

Everyone we are talking to is stressing the urgency that negotiators are feeling in their deliberations. COP21 President Laurent Fabius has set a very ambitious agenda. There are a large number of working groups addressing specific aspects of the process, including the binding agreement negotiators hope to adopt, non-binding agreements on specific issues, and longer term planning around science, technology and finance. Negotiators are hoping to bring forward a draft of the binding agreement by the weekend.

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For their second day in Paris, Bee and Yaira visit Le Bourget. From Yaira:

The official negotiations are next door, and we are getting some updates from that side. In the meantime, there's plenty going on in the Civil Society area--an expo, workshops, panel presentations, ad hoc meetings, activist art, interfaith prayer services....The energy is palpable. People of the earth, we are on the move.

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We dedicated out first full day in Paris to connecting with some of the history & religious communities of this place. We visited the Jewish quarter, two memorials to people deported and killed in concentration camps during WWII, Notre Dame, and the Grand Mosque of Paris. There were men with large guns guarding all the religious sites, but they didn't want their pictures taken.

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Looking to get up to speed on the history of global climate negotiations? This great resource by the International Institute for Sustainable Development provides a clear, concise play-by-play from the first meeting in 1992 up to the current negotiations at COP21. Here's an excerpt, along with a helpful acronym glossary:

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The December 5-6 weekend is an ideal time to raise awareness in our congregations about global climate negotiations, issues of climate justice, and our responsibility to act. With that in mind, we share this prayer, written by Yaira for use in a Jewish context--though with adaptation, it could serve as inspiration for prayers in other traditions.



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We are really inspired by President Obama's remarks at the start of COP21: "One of the enemies that we'll be fighting at this conference is cynicism, the notion we can't do anything about climate change.  Our progress should give us hope during these two weeks -- hope that is rooted in collective action."

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

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