Antonio Jovanovski and Marko Sokolovski represent Go Green at the UN Climate Summit in Paris (COP21). The context that will be demanded, advocated and negotiated to be included in the draft text of the Paris agreement is the following:

  1. Legally binding agreement to a 100% renewable energy system

We demand the UN Protocol in Paris to be legally binding and applicable to all countries with an adequate international climate action that will be effective immediately. The agreement needs to be focused towards an energy transition to 100% renewable energy system and to include a plan for phasing out of subsidies and investments in fossil fuels, thus exit from fossil fuels by 2050. The plan must include a financing plan that will address loss and damage and give financial support to the developing countries in their energy transition to 100% renewable energy system.

  1. Resource and energy efficiency at the core of the transformation

We demand resource and energy efficiency to be put as a priority of this fundamental transformation of our societies. Scarce resources are becoming even scarcer with the growth of population and over-consumption. The politicians need to design policies that will ensure implementation of an environmental, social and governance criteria in the corporations and peoples mindset of growth.  We demand policies and investments that will ensure sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources and aim for achieving zero waste to landfills by 2050.

  1. Inclusion of young people and adjustment of the education system

We demand active Involvement of young people in the decision making processes and their participation in the design and implementation of the climate adaption and mitigation measures. The youth organizations, such as the European Youth Forum, National Youth Councils, Youth Environmental Networks are being consulted and involved in the process of development and implementation of climate and energy policies. The education system need to adjust to the demand of the clean energy labor market that will open over 3 million jobs by 2020 in Europe only. The education system needs to provide a sufficient number of green experts in order to achieve and sustain a successful energy transition on a long run.

  1. Energy to the people

We demand a recognition that every person have equal right to produce, consume and store energy from his/her local resources just like he/she can plant, garden, eat and sell his/her vegetables from their own garden. We demand that the UN protocol designs a framework that will make possible such a transition to decentralized energy system possible and will allow new actors, such as prosumers, renewable energy co-operatives and municipal, community-owned power stations to replace centralized, power corporations.

  1. Decrease GHG from transport sector

We demand adoption of policies and strategies that will decrease the GHG emissions from the transport sector. Besides, the population growth, the future energy demand will be primarily driven by the transport sector i.e. road and air traffic. We strongly believe that policies and investments in alternative means of transport, such as railways and bikes, is the right way to healthy and sustainable low-carbon societies.

  1. Human rights and solidarity to strengthen the international cooperation

Floods, draughts and earthquakes will not stop at political borders. Climate change consequences are about to become more severe and climate migrants and refugees will be many in numbers. According to recent studies there will be around 200 million climate migrants by 2050. Human rights and solidarity should be at the core of the integration process. We expect that the UN protocol will bring countries closer together and will create a mechanism that will enable regional strengthening and international cooperation at all levels.

We truly hope that the world will cease this opportunity and commit to a legally-binding agreement that will ensure sustainable development of the civilization and Planet Earth.