Te Ara Whatu || OUR DELEGATION TO COP24
Dedicated to change.
In 2018, Te Ara Whatu sent a delegation of seven awesome rangatahi Māori and Pasifika to Katowice, Poland for the UN’s 24th annual climate change conference.
With historic environmental destruction, cultural harm done to indigenous communities by the fossil fuel industry, rising sea levels and increasing droughts, climate change has drastically altered what it means to be a young person in this time in history. This is why we go to the climate talks — to push for solutions that centre the needs of our peoples, to act in solidarity with our indigenous whanaunga from around the world and learn from experts in the kaupapa.
Every year, countries meet to co-ordinate international efforts to address climate change. In 2015 the Paris Agreement was made. Since then the climate talks have been focussed on how this agreement will be implemented. In December 2018, the stepping stones and guiding rules to implementing the agreement were confirmed in Poland.
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We have some awesome mates in media who gave us some coverage some over COP24, click any of the links below to hear more on what we got up to!