France will be hosting the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris from November 30 to December 11. The climate change conference is expected to draw “50,000 participants” and “25,000 official delegates.” There were 196 stakeholder states who were involved in adopting The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in 1994, according to the conference’s website. This policy is known as the “Rio Convention.”
The Vatican has released a statement, appealing to the leaders of nations attending the climate change conference “that we find a solution that is consensual, because of the scale and global nature of the climate’s impact,” report the Official Vatican Network.
“We call for an integral ecological approach, we call for social justice to be placed centre stage ‘so as to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.’ “
The Vatican’s climate change appeal was reported to have been endorsed by bishops from around the world. The released statement points to scientific evidence behind the notion that “unrestrained” consumption by humans has lead to climate change as being “reliable.” The document calls for world leaders to put the “common good” ahead of “national interests.”
U.S. President Barack Obama appears to plan on attending the Paris climate change conference. Obama reports that he has received the backing of 81 companies toward taking action on climate change and entering into some type of an agreement in Paris, reports the CBC. Berkshire Hathaway and Johnson & Johnson are reported to be among the companies supporting the president.
Obama has praised Wal-Mart, Google, Apple, and Costco for ecologically conscious moves, particularly through the use of solar energy initiatives. Intel has reportedly implemented water preservation measures. President Obama also discussed an initiative that would see a group of companies make $1.2 billion in investment capital available for companies who can “produce impactful and profitable solutions to climate change.”
Canadian Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau also appears to be planning to attend the climate change conference in Paris. He is said to have invited Canadian Green Party leader and MP, Elizabeth May, as well as Thomas Mulcair, the leader of the NDP, and Stephen Harper, another member of the Conservatives and the former Prime Minister, according to the Ottawa Citizen. Stephen Harper most likely won’t be going, as he has officially resigned as leader of the Conservative Party. A competitive race is on to take on the role as interim Canadian Conservative Party leader, reports the Huffington Post.
Elizabeth May is said to have accepted Trudeau’s invitation, according to the National Observer, though she was probably planning on attending anyways. According to reports, May was forced to join a delegation from Afghanistan at a U.N. climate change conference in Warsaw, because Stephen Harper wouldn’t allow any opposition party members to attend.
Both Elizabeth May and Justin Trudeau have called for more openness, transparency, and co-operation than what the Conservatives afforded the public under Stephen Harper. On the Paris climate change conference, May and Trudeau appear to be living up to their word.
— Green Party Canada (@CanadianGreens) October 24, 2015
The website for the U.N. climate change conference states that one of the overriding aims of the conference is to limit “global warming below 2°C.”
Laurent Fabius, French Foreign Affairs and International Development minister, states that the aim of the conference is to achieve a worldwide agreement to maintain a “healthy environment” for the planet. Fabius points to “appalling climate disruption” as spurring need for immediate action.
[Featured Pope Francis Photo by Buda Mendes / Getty Images — Barack Obama Photo by Spencer Platt / Getty Images — Justin Trudeau Photo by Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images]