"Climate change: more or less snow?" Conference - Alliance Française de Chicago
Remarks by Consul General of France Vincent Floreani on the occasion of the French Innovation Week Conference "Climate Change: More or Less Snow?" - Alliance française de Chicago
(April 30, 2015)
Thank you very much to the very dynamic Alliance Française for hosting another event of the French Innovation Week in Chicago. We are very grateful for your support.
I would also like to thank the Office of Science & Technology of the General Consulate for organizing this event.
Finding solutions to contain climate change is a top priority for the French authorities.
In December, we will be hosting a United-Nations Climate Change Summit, called COP21. Ten of thousands of delegates will come to Paris, representing 195 governments, but also businesses, local governments and NGOs.
Why is it important to limit global warming and reduce climate disruptions?
The facts about climate change are well known. They can no longer, in good faith, be denied.
What are these facts?
- Global warming is largely due to the action of man;
- The concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere set a new record in 2013;
- We can already see the terrible effects with the increasing number of severe climate disruptions: flood here, drought there, hurricanes in places where they did not occur before, unprecedented long and cold winters.
What are the consequences of climate disruptions?
- Deaths, starvation, migrations, and, most probably, wars for water or for lands;
- Some low lying islands are already threatened by ocean rise;
- Climate disruptions are a threat to peace and security.
Faced with these challenges, France is acting, aware of its international responsibilities.
We are working in three main directions:
- First, we want to make sure the international community acts swiftly and collectively to address these challenges;
- Second message, fighting climate change must involve everyone, not only government officials. This is why business, local governments and NGOs are invited and will play a key role.
- Third and last message, combating climate change should be seen as a constraint. It’s a great opportunity to develop new businesses, new ways of producing energy, new modes of transportations. This is an immense field for innovation.