UN CLIMATE CONFERENCE
Deal reached at COP25
Nations at the UN’s climate change conference, COP25, have finally reached a deal after negotiations spilled into a second day of overtime. The deal has been described as "watered-down" and a "compromise," with the UN secretary general saying "the international community lost an important opportunity, [but] we must not give up and I will not give up."
And he's not the only one who has come out fighting. Indeed, among the diplomats, presidents and prime ministers was a 16-year-old girl. Greta Thunberg, just named Time’s youngest ever person of the year, sailed across the Atlantic and back to be at the conference. Not one to mince her words, her speech at COP25 was characteristically to-the-point. “There is hope—I've seen it—but it does not come from the governments or corporations, it comes from the people.”
And barely a week after her speech, she is onto her next challenge. Along with 15 other youth activists, she has called on the Canadian and Norwegian governments to “honour its responsibilities to children everywhere” and transition away from fossil fuels. Canada must, she says, “blaze a trail for other fossil-fuel-reliant economies to follow.”