By Eva von Schönebeck
Today was my last day of COP 21. It is supposed to be the COP of my generation, well so that we all live here and now it is the COP of all generations, as Christiana Figueres would say. So far there were a lot of commitments and promises which is really encouraging but negotiations have stuck in the middle of the week.
I have seen many different people during this congress. There are party members, always busy and running from one event to the other. The observers representing civil society which are excluded mostly from the negotiations. And there are the heads of states who made promising speeches on the first days but left to their countries again. One speech has really stayed on my mind; the president of the Maldives saying, that for them there won’t be a COP 30 or COP 40, simply because then they want exist anymore so we need an agreement now. This speech was 5 years ago.
And this is what makes me think and feel, that it is our time to make a change! I am not calling to all the people attending the negotiations and working on the Paris Agreement. I am asking myself and you what we can do to shape the future we want. We need to open our eyes to the consequences of our behavior which do not strike us immediately and then rethink what we are doing. As we are all living on the same earth we should care about what happens to even on the other side of the globe. Thanks to IFSA I have friends around the world who remind me every time of this simple fact.
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