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Wednesday, February 24, 2016 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

On Wednesday, February 24, 2016, Texas Interfaith Center Associate Director Yaira Robinson participated in a panel discussion at "The Paris Climate Agreement: An Austin Perspective," a public forum hosted by Austin EcoNetwork and the Rainforest Partnership.

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By Yaira Robinson and Imaad Khan - Special to the Austin American-Statesman December 19, 2015

The conflict in Syria demonstrates how climate-related disaster can exacerbate social and political tensions and increase the likelihood of conflict. The Pentagon has called climate change a “threat multiplier,” and a recent Department of Defense report says that climate change contributes to government instability and social unrest. The report notes, “These gaps in governance can create an avenue for extremist ideologies and conditions that foster terrorism.”

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During our time at COP21, we participated in the “Climate Generations” area, or “civil society” space. Civil society basically means everyone who is not an official negotiator, so it was a mix of scientists, businesspeople, activists, and community leaders. It is an exciting space in which people come together to share ideas, best practices, latest research, and climate impact stories from home.

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While I was at the climate talks, I got a number of calls from reporters in the U.S. about refugees. I told them all the same thing: talking about refugees requires talking about climate change, because climate is driving forced migration all over the world.

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The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah falls during the COP negotiations this year, so our friends at the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL) asked me to write a short reflection about the holiday in "light" of climate negotiations (pun intended!) and that would offer a way for Jews to engage on climate issues that is grounded in our tradition.

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We met two guys from New York in the security line to get into the Green Zone at COP21, and I thought their perspectives nicely summarized some of the challenges of addressing climate change. The first guy was really irritating, and the second guy was really engaging.

The first guy was wearing a black t-shirt and carrying nothing but a book. He was very bouncy for first thing in the morning, which was jarring for me and my jet lag, but he insisted on striking up a conversation, so I asked him what he had learned so far at COP21.

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Today's interviews feature local officials in Paris who are networking with other local leaders from around the world to exchange ideas and encourage local action to address global climate change. Bee and Yaira interview Larry Brown, mayor of Natchez, MS, and Brigid Shea, Travis County Commissioner Precinct 2, Austin, TX.


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Today's update features Bee Moorhead's interview with Sister Odile Coirier with Franciscans International. Sister Coirier discussed the ongoing negotiations and the voices of indigenous peoples in the discussions.

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During their continued adventures in Paris, Bee and Yaira describe the differences between the negotiation space (the Blue Zone) and the Civil Society space (the Green Zone.) Along the way, they catch up with Asma Madhi, Director of Communications for Green Muslims and delegate with Religions for Peace USA, and Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX.


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