On Tuesday 18 December, we’re giving you a unique opportunity to hear, first-hand, what is happening on the global stage to combat climate change.
Huddersfield’s Green Party Councillor, Andrew Cooper, is taking part in the Katowice COP24 Climate Summit in Poland, which runs from 2-14 December 2018. At the conference, Cllr Cooper is presenting his proposal for Locally Determined Contributions to a global audience.
Cllr Cooper will share his experience of the Summit, and the response to his proposal at our 2018 Martin Smith Memorial Talk: Local action can save the world.
The 2018 Martin Smith Memorial Talk takes place at 7.00pm, Holmfirth Civic Hall, on Tuesday 18 December. Entry is free and festive refreshments will be served following the presentation.
What is the Katowice COP24 Climate Summit?
Katowice COP24 is the UN Climate Change Conference, which aims to implement the 2015 Paris Agreement. It brings all nations together with the aim of keeping global temperature increase well below 2 degrees Celsius, and strives to keep the global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius. You can read more about the Paris Agreement here.
What are Locally Determined Contributions (LDCs)?
One of the outcomes from the Paris Agreement is Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). These are, in effect, the promises countries make to reduce carbon emissions at a national level. Unfortunately, experts agree that NDCs alone are not enough to prevent the global temperature rise.
To bridge this gap and lower carbon emissions further, Cllr Andrew Cooper has proposed the concept of LDCs, expected to be adopted globally at Katowice COP24.
LDCs, which complement NDCs, aim to encourage more action at a local level by giving responsibility for reducing carbon emissions to local towns and villages throughout the world. This can be anything from increasing building standards for new build housing to planting trees and green transport initiatives.
“Reducing carbon emissions means different things to different people in different parts of the world. LDCs aim to give local people more control so that they can take action that’s relevant to them. It’s about encouraging people to take responsibility at a local level instead of relying on a blanket approach from national governments,” said Cllr Andrew Cooper.
“LDCs are also designed to encourage communication at a local level, with towns and villages across the world talking and sharing practical ideas for reducing carbon emissions. After all, climate change is something the affects us all and we need to find solutions together,” Cllr Cooper added.
Join us at 7.00pm on Tuesday 18 December to find out how Cllr Andrew Cooper’s proposal for LDCs was received at Katowice COP24.