Climate Change: “The Time Is Now”

Green San Miguel

By Sabrina Surving

On November 30, 2015, world leaders will meet in Paris to agree on how the world will respond to climate change. We have until then to build the public support necessary for them to agree on strong action.

We are at a turning point now. Governments all over the world are being asked to make tough decisions and look for real solutions to this pressing problem. The rise of global temperature is now an urgent issue; these gases rose by 200 percent in the past 20 years. Solutions must be sought by members of the United Nations to ensure that every country takes responsibility and participates in the solution to this immediate and ongoing danger.

In 2015, COP21, also known as the “2015 Paris Climate Conference,” will aim to achieve for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C.

The COP21 Conference is expected to attract 50,000 participants including 25,000 official delegates from government, inter-governmental, non-governmental organizations, agencies of the United Nations, and society in general.  Last year the People’s Climate March saw almost 700,000 people rallying for climate action across the world. This year it will be even bigger, with more events in more countries.

AVAAZ, an international civic group, already has over 1,000 events registered around the world.

Here in San Miguel de Allende we will be hosting different activities to boost awareness of climate change before the Conference begins. On November 28 and 29, SMA-PARIS COP21, a group of concerned citizens, both nationals and foreigners, will hold events throughout San Miguel. Please join us and participate in this important world event.

On November 28

•9:30am at TOSMA, Saturday’s farmers market on Ancha de San Antonio and Cardo: interactive workshops on reducing, reusing, recycling, composting, and gardening. Free.

•11am to 2pm at Mision Molino, Rotary Pancake Breakfast Fair: water edutainment activities for children. All-you-can-eat pancake cook off. Adults 200 pesos; children 50 pesos.

•2:30pm to 5:30pm at  El Sindicato, Recreo 2: lectures by local experts along with videos and entertainment on themes such as water, gas, electric, population, public transportation, and much more. Free.

On November 29

•10am to 2pm at Hub el Nodo, 20 de Enero sur 13, San Antonio: workshops on vertical gardening and composting to support family economy, continuous food supply, and nutrition. Free.

•11am to 3pm in the Jardín: workshops and performing arts all dedicated to raising awareness of what is going on with Mother Earth in Paris, France, and in San Miguel de Allende and what we, each one of us, can do to help. Free.

•4pm in the Jardín: flashmob and creation of a photograph for the AVAAZ platform. Please bring a green shirt; we will form a big green heart in front of the Parroquía to share with the world. Free.



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