Chemistry and Communication - Angelo State University
Chile has 2,700 miles of coastline (4,300 km) and is one of the most vulnerable countries on Earth to the rising sea levels associated with climate change. Naturally, they have a stake in the state of environmental affairs and offered to host COP25. Until a few weeks ago, they were on track to do so, and I even visited their embassy, along with my fellow students on climate change, to better understand the culture of Chile before our arrival. However, there has been massive damage to the capital and growing unrest among the Chilean people after a string of protests which make hosting the upcoming COP25 unsustainable.
This is the first time in the history of the UNFCCC that a country has withdrawn its offer to host a conference on short notice. For reference, planning a COP generally takes a year and there is only one month until COP25. I do not envy the people who are reorganizing the conference and commend them for their dedication to saving the world. Climate change is the largest threat to mankind and without a unified action by the world governments, we may pass the point of no return.
A lot has happened in a very brief time, but it looks like things will get worked out. There’s a lot to talk about moving forward and a bunch of questions to ask. Hopefully you’ll join us as we explore some of those topics and share our stories of the COP25 experience.
Now, I’ve got some questions for you.
UNFCCC = United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
COP25 = Twenty-fifth Conference of the Parties on climate change, sponsored by UNFCCC