In December 2015, I spent a week in Paris to attend the United Nations 2015 Paris Climate Conference, a.k.a. COP21.
I consider myself extremely fortunate to have had the chance to witness this pivotal moment in history first-hand.
After all, (as corny as this sounds), this gathering of world leaders literally had the power to decide the future of our planet.
After weeks of intense negotiations, governments of 195 nations came together to adopt a legally binding agreement to tackle climate change, known as the Paris Agreement.
As French Foreign Minister and President of COP21, Laurent Fabius, announced the momentous news, it seemed like the international community heaved a collective sigh of relief…
See my article on One Young World for my reflections.
One of the reasons I was in Paris was to help my organisation Peace Boat launch its new Eco-Ship Project, our ambitious plan to build the world’s most environmentally friendly cruise ship.
I also held a workshop for YMCA’s “Camp Climate” on the topic of “Disaster Risk Reduction and Young People”, exploring the role of today’s youth in protecting our communities.
Overall, it was a very productive week in Paris, and it seems that the fight against climate change has taken a promising step forward, at least for now…