Today has begun in Paris the COP21, where world leaders meet to discuss the future of climate change. Since early in the morning, young people approach to witness the first negotiations of this process that will take two weeks.
The United Nations Conference of Parties started this morning with the presence of 172 representatives of the world.The objective of all this 11 days of negotiations will be to reach an agreement to reduce emissions that damage the planet. In the corridors of the COP, there are also those who are interested in the subject, who has come to Paris waiting for an answer.
In this note we talked with young travelers and they told us which their expectations are: Juan Diego, Ecuador, 27 years old:”I hope there will be a real agreement among countries and not just another meeting where are no solutions left. I hope that there will be realistic expectations where the rights of indigenous peoples and forests are also respected, especially talking about the situation in Ecuador. Presidents need to be aware about our situation because it will put at risk the future of young people.”
Ambrioggio, Italy, 23 years old:”My expectations for the COP21 are to sign an agreement because is a huge event for the future of our planet. We are a lot of people who work for sustainability and it would be very sad if States could not reach to a deal. I also think it is a great opportunity to get to know other people who work in civil society and exchange ideas about our own sustainable projects.”
Digna, United States, 17 years old:”I hope States could reach a new agreement and fulfill their responsibilities. I am glad that the presidents recognize that climate change affects the hole population and that also recognize themselves guilty. I was born in New York but my parents are from Honduras. That’s why I think that the United States, as a developed country, must fulfill its responsibilities, and Honduras, a country that suffers so mucho the climate change effects, needs from developed countries to adapt.”
Aviral, United States, 25 years old:”I hope the majority of countries reach the goal of not letting global temperature increase more than 2°C. I think that is all what young people are waiting for. I think that everybody, but especially Indian people, believes it is a very ambitious objective but I hope the best possible solution.”
The presence of young people at the COP21 was remarkable, with a strong commitment to the future of the planet and interest in a favorable agreement. The world wants a change and young people rises their voice for it.