The Paris Climate Conference is nearly over. The final text has been delivered. We now wait on the approval of 195 countries poring over the details in the conference halls at Le Bourget. Reaction from non government organisations has, in the main, been positive.
350.0rg’s Bill McKibben said “This marks the end of the era of fossil fuels. There is no way to meet the targets laid out in this agreement without keeping coal, oil and gas in the ground.”Australian Conservation Foundation CEO Kelly O’Shanassy stated “For the first time in history, humanity has agreed to limit pollution and create a pathway towards a safer climate. Now the real work starts and Australia, as one of the world’s biggest polluters, must do its fair share to cut pollution.”
The Paris Agreement will not be perfect. It will not satisfy all of the justifiable demands of society or science. But there is a palpable feeling here in Paris that we are nevertheless witnessing history in the making: a social, economic, and cultural tipping point has been reached.
There is still much to do, but we now have the means, the intent, and the hope. In the days, weeks, months and years ahead art, culture and imagination will continue to play their part, helping us to bridge the gap between what we know, and what we know we must do. We can see that another world is possible. We have only to choose to create it.