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The 23rd Conference of the Parties to the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change:
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change was drafted in 1992 in an effort to combat global warming. Since 1995 representatives of the world’s governments, international organizations and other interested groups have been meeting annually to assess progress in dealing with the climate change. This group, known as the Conference of Parties is responsible for adopting resolutions that establish the international rules needed to meet the challenges posed by our changing climate.
This year expectations are high that the 197 countries meeting in Bonn, Germany for COP 23 will make tangible progress in establishing the implementation framework necessary to achieve the global greenhouse gas reduction targets agreed to in the landmark Paris Agreement. The key to success will be reaching consensus on a ‘Book of Rules’ by which all participating nations must measure and document and make public their progress in meeting their own targets; a major challenge indeed!
COP 23 will once again capture world-wide media attention and in doing so provide teachers with an excellent context and timeframe for exploring climate change in the classroom.
Why Care About International Cooperation on Climate Change?
Climate change is altering our planet. Significant environmental, economic and social consequences are becoming more and more severe as global temperatures increase.
Climate change will increasingly affect human health, species distribution and the ability of the earth’s ecosystems to sustain our economic, social and environmental needs. How we deal with climate change is a crucial discussion that teachers and students should be actively engaged in.
Resources 4 Rethinking encourages students and teachers to explore climate change issues. Top R4R Picks will connect you to some excellent resources to support these efforts.