"Don't COP out," Canada from the United Nation's 20th Conference of the Parties (COP)
Monday December 1, 2014
Friends House (the Quaker House)
60 Lowther Avenue
The Call Out:
December 1 marks an important day: not only is it the countdown to winter holidays, it's also the first day of the United Nation's 20th "Conference of the Parties" or "COP", convening world leaders to address climate change. With high stakes and high expectations, several community groups have launched an event right here in Toronto to address the action called "Don't COP Out!", highlighting the critical importance of international negotiations on climate, and the role we think Canada should play.
Whether COPs are new or old news to you, now's your chance to learn more about them, Canada's role, and this unique moment in time with so much at stake. "Don't COP Out!" is an engaging, free public event to take place Monday, December 1st, 7 - 9 p.m., highlighting the public's role to play to ensure these negotiations are ambitious, fair, and that no country "cops out" of them. You're invited!
"Don't COP Out" is being organized by Toronto350, Climate Action Network (CAN), West End Against Line 9 and ClimateFast. It will feature several engaging speakers to address the international negotiation process, clarify questions, and especially focus on Canada's role leading up to the "big COP" next year: COP21 in Paris. Confirmed speakers include:
Kai Reimer-Watts, Toronto 350
Margaret Rao, ClimateFast
John Humphrey, Toronto Steelworkers
...other speakers to be confirmed
Each group will highlight their own local campaigns and actions for you to get involved in, including Toronto350's new COP21 Campaign designed to pressure the Canadian government to increase climate ambition; ClimateFast's annual fast & political pledges for climate action on Parliament Hill; and CAN Canada's contingent of delegates attending & reporting back from COP20 this year.
COP21 is a critical milestone for climate negotiations, as following decades of talks world leaders are expected to finally come together to reach a global climate agreement. This year's round of negotiations, expected to last nearly two weeks, is an important lead-up to COP21 by showcasing new national ambitions, and is being held in Lima, Peru. With the U.S. and China just recently reaching a bilateral agreement as the two highest emitting nations on earth, both ambition and pressure has been ramped up for others such as Canada to step up our game.
Come learn all about the progress being made (and not made) on climate action Dec 1st at 7pm, and what we can do to help. Come out to tell Canada & the world: "Don't COP Out!!!"
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