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It’s Our Time: Driving Solutions Out of The Paris Agreement

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COP21 will go down in history as a pivotal turning point where countries, governments, civil society, business, and individuals from around the world united with a vision for our sustainable energy future.

We, the next generation, need to be ready to seize this opportunity as agents of change. We have to take hold of the positive pieces of this agreement and leverage them as tools for the transition to our sustainable energy future. Now it is our time to be the innovators and collaborators who will shape the future of our energy system, climate, economy and planet.

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Celebrating progress in Paris!

Student Energy wants to thank Christiania Figueres, Laurent Fabius, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, and all of the negotiators and other actors who worked tirelessly to make the Paris Agreement a success. It’s this type of leadership and foresight that makes it possible for our generation to have hope for the future.

In Article 12 of the agreement, governments have called for cooperation “in taking measures, as appropriate, to enhance climate change education, training, public awareness, public participation and public access to information, recognizing the importance of these steps with respect to enhancing actions.” We at Student Energy take this as a call to further our organization’s action, enabling the youth of today to be empathetic, thoughtful critical thinkers who will make sustainable energy solutions a reality.

There is still more work to be done, but as Ban Ki-Moon said today we cannot let “perfect be the enemy of the good.” If you feel that a missing piece in this agreement will negatively impact our future, then it’s time for you to rally, find people to work with and take action so we can all look forward to a future with a livable climate, healthy environment, thriving economy, and equity for all people.

The Student Energy team has been on the ground here in Paris for both the Conference on Youth (COY) and all of COP21. Throughout the events and negotiations it has been inspiring to see people from all generations, countries, and walks of life come together with a common goal. This is the key piece that gives us hope for the future. We know that the work that we do to educate, inspire, and unite the students of the world is an important part of this global movement.

For a recap on everything Student Energy worked on at COP21 check out the results of our Innovation Jam, the #askSE Campaign (answers here, and here) and all the other events we attended on our twitter stream