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What are the Paris Climate Talks?
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What are the Paris Climate Talks?

Paris has been in the news the past few weeks due to the horrific terrorist attacks on the city. Although It was truly devastating, it was inspiring how the world came together to stand with the people of Paris. On November 30, another global and world-changing event gets underway.

climate Change Conference

The world’s leaders are gathering for the 21st United Nations Climate Change Conference, called COP21, to negotiate an international climate agreement. Nations around the world will pledge to reduce emissions of heat trapping gases in an effort to keep average warming across the world to no more than 2 degrees Celsius, or 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit.

This might not sound like much of a change, but our climate operates in a very narrow temperature range. Everything we depend on, such as agriculture, water resources, forests, ecosystems, was developed and functions within this narrow temperature range. Think about the 2 degree target as a speed limit, going above it puts us at an increased risk of a dangerous collision.

While the climate talks are important, it’s back here at home where the real work takes place. Several events during the next few weeks will be highlighting the work already underway in Philadelphia to prepare for changes that are already occurring and prevent further damage to the climate.

Upcoming Philly Climate Change Events

On December 1, the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability will be unveiling the city’s first climate adaptation plan, outlining how the city is preparing for a hotter, wetter climate. On December 5, CUSP will be offering family-friendly activities at The Franklin Institute to share what climate change means for Philadelphia, and highlight programs and resources available to residents, including free trees, rain barrels, home weatherization, and more. Finally, after the Paris Climate Talks convene, join us for Science on Tap at National Mechanics to discuss what comes next.

Throughout the entire two weeks of the negotiations (November 30 – December 11), CUSP will be sharing events and info under #PhillyClimateTalks. Please join the conversation by sharing your thoughts and reactions!

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CUSP
CUSP is a community of local stakeholders who share a passion for engaging residents in climate change issues and interact frequently to learn how to do so better. Philadelphia is at the forefront of innovative strategies to adapt to the impacts of climate change, while also reducing our contribution to the problem. The CUSP project motivates residents to learn how these solutions are preparing our city for a hotter, wetter climate and shows how, together, communities can make a real difference. The Franklin Institute leads the CUSP project with support from the National Science Foundation. View all posts by CUSP

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