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News update from Paris Climate Conference

Dear Readers,

Medical Mission Sisters participated in the Conference of Parties (Cop21) or the UN Climate Conference in Paris from Nov 30- Dece12. Please refer to the MMS Intranet, Society Home page for the report by Agnes Lanfermann and Elizabeth Vadakekara who attended the first week.

I attended the second week and on Dec 9 the MMS co sponsored parallel event “keep the Fossil fuel in the ground” was well attended both inside the official venue as well as at the civil society space. All speakers were excellent and spoke not only of the ill effect of Fracking but victims of fracking shared their agonizing efforts to protect their land and lives. One of the speakers Sandra Steingraber shared her struggle and success in getting a ban on fracking in the state of New York. An activist and a cancer survivor, she used her Award (for her excellent work) to …

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Need to re-imagine growth

 

“Addressing climate change requires addressing the unsustainable consumption and production patterns of rich countries,” wrote Amina Mohammed, special advisor to the U.N. Secretary-General on post-2015 development planning. For example, while energy is wasted in many places, there are 1.3 billion people without access to electricity, she noted. Food waste is another huge problem, panelists said.

The discussion asked whether a new global development framework – being crafted to succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) when they expire in 2015 – can drive action to tackle climate change.

The recent report from the High Level Panel (HLP) on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, led by the presidents of Liberia and Indonesia and the British prime minister, also identified “an urgent need for developed countries to re-imagine their growth models”.…

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