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Submitted by ECO Editor on Sunday, June 16, 2019 - 20:18

Dear Delegates,

Some of you might have read the famous Harry Potter books and may remember thinking: ‘How implausible to create a story where a bunch of children have to show up at the government ministry to warn adults about the dangers threatening the very existence of their world!’

Well… it’s 2019 and much has happened since 16-year-old Greta Thunberg spoke at COP24. Last month, 1.5 million young people took to the streets of 120 countries, refusing to accept inaction on climate change. The climate emergency is here – and young people are telling us it’s time to act!

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Sunday, June 16, 2019 - 20:16

Just recently, Cyclones Idai and Kenneth killed more than 1,000 people in Mozambique and neighbouring countries, forcing the sixth poorest country in the world to take on an extra US$118 million in debt. The climate crisis’ impacts are increasing, and it is imperative that the international community start addressing them adequately.

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Sunday, June 16, 2019 - 20:14

For nearly 30 years climate negotiators have been focused on building a global climate regime that can leverage the ambitious action we need to limit emissions, the resulting climatic disruptions, and to respond to unavoidable impacts. Although there is still some work to be done, the rules are now largely in place. 

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 19:18

As ECO went to press, no text had been released on the outcome of the Talanoa Dialogue or consideration of the IPCC Special Report on 1.5°C. ECO heard that Parties attending the Semjik were equally concerned about this lack of text.

For the duration of this conference, ECO has been writing the same headline – 12 years left: What have you done to respond to the SR1.5? Today is your last day.

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 19:16
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Submitted by ECO Editor on Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 19:14

ECO is still dizzy from the speed at which things collapsed in the Article 6 discussions. After three years of discussions, it seems Parties finally started to move and agree on key rules for markets. And it doesn’t look good. So, ECO wonders: in which world have Parties been living, and in which world do they want to live?

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 19:12

“We represent a number of nations, like my own, that face extinction”. Yesterday, the President of the Marshall Islands, Hilda Heine, issued a warning. In a packed press conference, leaders from across the world came together to call for radical action on the climate crisis. Make no mistake, the path we are currently on will render species, cultures and even entire nations at risk of extinction. We cannot, and must not, allow this to happen.

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 19:10

Dear Negotiators and Ministers,

We know you are tired. We know it’s been a long two weeks. But your work isn’t done yet. As we inch closer to the end, with the COP decision coming, ECO is worried about the lack of rights we are seeing in the Rulebook. As well as the lack of ambition we are seeing from some countries.

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 19:08
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