As leaders and the publics they represent negotiate the future of climate change mitigation and adaptation in Paris at the United Nation’s COP21, The Arctic Institute is publishing articles, infographics, and event videos to provide an Arctic perspective on COP21. Through seven installments, Institute experts and affiliates will explore the negotiation’s impacts on the Arctic’s peoples, communities, ecosystems, political relations, and energy systems. This is the fourth installment. You can find other publications in the series below:
- Quickstart to COP21
- Indigenous Involvement in the COP21: Climate Change Talks
- COP21 and the Arctic: What’s at Stake?
- COP21 and the Arctic: Adaptation, Damage, and the Work to be Done
- Closing Week One and COP21: India, the Arctic, and Reaching an Agreement
- 100 Days In: COP21 and the Arctic’s Future – An Era of Energy Transition
Beginning today, 40,000 state leaders, advocates, and experts will convene in Paris to seek a binding solution to climate change at the 21st UN Climate Summit, COP21. They will, through negotiation, compromise, and strong resolve, shape the very contours of what Earth’s future will be for the next generation. This two-week meeting is seen by many to be the world’s last chance to limit global temperature rise to the elusive two-degree target.
This infographic provides information on what’s at stake in COP21 in the Arctic. At the start of COP21, it serves as a reminder of what’s at stake for circumpolar communities to public and policymaker alike. For more information, please see part one and part two of Victoria Herrmann’s article series, which explores “the means to avoid irreparable harm” — what must be done over the next two weeks, and beyond, to ensure the integrity of those who call the Arctic home and support community resiliency through international adaptation financing and mitigation efforts to limit greenhouse gas emissions well below the deceptive two-degree target.