Green Drinks: Paris Climate Agreement

From November 30 to December 12 in 2015, government officials, organizations and activists descended upon Paris, France for COP21, or the 21st meeting of the United Nations Climate Change Conference. The 196 countries that participated emerged from the conference having signed on to what many heralded as a landmark agreement. The Paris Climate Agreement calls for many steps to protect the planet from climate change, one of the most notable being the agreement that the signing parties will pursue efforts to limit global temperature increases to just 1.5 degrees Celcius.

But what does the Paris Climate Agreement mean for Evanston residents? Two panelists at the next Green Drinks event on February 8 will discuss what the implications of the Paris Climate Agreement are for Evanston, Illinois and the United States, as well as what more needs to be done.

Panelists:

  • Nick Magrisso, National Resources Defense Council – Will discuss key features of the Paris Climate Agreement and whether or not it was successful, the expected next steps of the Agreement in the US, and what further action is needed in Illinois.
  • Kumar Jensen, City of Evanston – Will speak about the agreement’s implications for Evanston and about the Mayor’s Compact which Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl signed on Monday January 25th.

When: Monday, February 8th. Networking is 6:30 – 7:00 p.m. Speakers are from 7:00 – 8 p.m.

Where: Farmhouse Restaurant, 703 Church St., Evanston.

What:  A chance to learn, network, exchange ideas and get involved!

Cost: Green Drinks events are free and open to the public. We welcome anyone with an interest in the monthly topic, this month’s is the Paris Climate Agreement.

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