After a year of grassroots mobilization around the world, where hundreds of thousands took to the streets to demand action on climate change, expectations were high for countries to agree on common solutions at COP25.
Unfortunately, conclusions of the conference are truly disappointing. Nothing was done to help developing countries face the impacts of climate change, as stated in the Paris Agreement. Also, no agreement was made on appropriate international carbon trade mechanisms or the respect of human rights and indigenous rights, as expected.
Nonetheless, CUPE will keep fighting with NGOs, Unions and stakeholders to find adequate solutions and pressure the world leaders to act on climate change.