Our Common Future Under Climate Change International Science Conference – News from July 7, 2015, Paris France

By Magdalena A K Muir, Climate Editor

In opening plenary, French Research and Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem issued a stark warning, saying that “unless we have widespread climate action, we will be the generation that knew what had to be done, but didn’t do it.”

Segolène Royal, French Minister for the Environment, Energy and Sustainable Development, echoed the same message, calling on scientists to speak with a clear voice in the run-up to the Paris climate change negotiations in December. “We have won the battle of ideas, now we must win the battle for action,” she said. She also reminded scientists that while science has a duty to provide proof and evidence, “to be heard in the preparations for the summit in Paris as you deserve, your voices must not be too tangled up in precautions.”

There are also transcripts available of WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud’s speech and the speech he delivered on behalf of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.

Many of Day 1 presentations are available for viewing on slide share  : http://www.slideshare.net/CFCC15

Day 1 had many contributions on the social media side On the first day, there were more than 5600 tweets on the #CFCC15 hashtag, by more than 1900 individual authors.

There were  free media workshops for scientists with The Carbon Brief –e  with a very interesting event on The Guardian’s divestment campaign,  debating the rights and wrongs of journalism as advocacy, with parallels for scientists.

Stories from the conference have started appearing on external news sources:

There are also a number of new blog stories by social media reporters on the conference blog that might also be of interest (http://www.commonfuture-paris2015.org/Blog.htm):

Further information

Transcripts of keynote speeches:
Ségolène Royal (French, translation to come)
Press Releases
7 July 2015 – Opening press release

Slide share presentations at http://www.slideshare.net/CFCC15

CFCC15’s updates