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COP 22 – Our Common Challenge



The Climate Change Conference was held in Bab Ighli, Marrakech, Morocco from November 7-18, 2016 as part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The official message is that “The Conference successfully demonstrated to the world that the implementation of the Paris Agreement is underway and the constructive spirit of multilateral cooperation on climate change continues.”
There were three components:
  • COP 22 – Conference of the Parties twenty-second session
  • CMP 12 – Parties to the Kyoto Protocol twelfth session
  • CMA 1 – Parties to the Paris Agreement first session

The world anxiously anticipates how the role of the United States will change with President-elect Donald Trump scheduled to take office in January 2017. In the meantime, we are receiving mixed messages.

Climate science denier Marc Morano got himself kicked out of the UN climate talks in Marrakech when he stood in a Trump hat, next to a life-size cut-out of the president-elect, waving shredded copies of the Paris Agreement. Morano is a former Republican political aide who founded and runs the climate change denial website ClimateDepot.com and Communications Director for well know climate deniers Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow.

Myron Ebell, “a renowned climate denier, lobbyist, long-time D.C. talking head and, sadly, a supporter of many polluting energy companies” was selected by Donald Trump to head up the Environmental Protection Agency’s transition team.

But last week, in a meeting with The New York Times,  Donald Trump said he has an “open mind” about climate change, which he previously labeled a Chinese hoax.

As Noam Chomsky recently noted, “One of the difficulties in raising public concern over the very severe threats of global warming is that 40 percent of the US population does not see why it is a problem, since Christ is returning in a few decades. About the same percentage believe that the world was created a few thousand years ago. If science conflicts with the Bible, so much the worse for science. It would be hard to find an analogue in other societies.”

But Foreign Affairs offers some hope so stay tuned – California may be the new leader.