Saturday, December 12, 2015

"It always seems impossible until it’s done"

In 2009, Moravian College sent its first delegation to the UNFCCC in Copenhagen.  The expectation was that there would be an agreement -- hopes ran high as Obama both won the Nobel Peace Prize and personally lobbied for an agreement. Finally, six years later, we have a legally binding text, once ratified by the countries. Countries have until April 21, 2017 to sign on, and once there are 55 nations, representing at least 55% of the world's total greenhouse gas emissions, the agreement will go in to effect.
One has to give a lot of credit to the French COP President, Laurent Fabius.  At the end of his final presentation, he quoted Nelson Mandela, saying "It always seems impossible until it's done."  He also noted that the "world is holding its breath, it's counting on us."  There's still work to be done -- but this is both an historic moment and a tipping point.  A moment of celebration seems in order.


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