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Apr 22 2022 - 11:00 AM
Today In History: High-Level Signature for Climate Change


On April 22nd, 2016 the signing of the Paris Agreement marked the pledge of 175 countries to address climate change. Key was the opportunity to "strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius." A special ceremony on April 22nd, 2016 took place at the United Nations in New York, over which Ban Ki-moon, South Korean politician, diplomat and eighth Secretary-General, presided. Sustainable development goals for climate action include: green transition; green jobs and sustainable and inclusive growth; green economy; investment in sustainable solutions; confronting all climate risks; and cooperation between countries.

Spurred by the ceremonious call to action, and held in Marrakech, Morocco, from November 7th-18th, 2016, the United Nations Climate Change Conference signified an important international meeting of political leaders and activists to continue discussion of environmental issues. The conference, known as COP (Conference of the Parties), takes place annually in different countries throughout the world, with the last one, COP26, hosted in Glasgow, Scotland.

The following articles are drawn from Proquest Historical Newspapers, which informs and inspires classroom teaching and learning.


  • Check out current and past Everett Cafe book displays that draw attention to the complex topic of climate change and the environment:

Carbon and Climate

What Trees Tell Us

Climate SOS

Teaching About Species

Learning from Parks

Oceans of Plastic

  • Also see the TC Center for Sustainable Futures which aims to address environmental and sustainability education through research, professional development, and public engagement.



  • Special News Slide, Courtesy of the Gottesman Libraries


Need to keep current, look to the past, teach a topic? The Everett Cafe features daily postings of news from around the world, and also promotes awareness of historical events from an educational context. Be sure to check the news postings on The Library Blog, where you can delve into history.

Posted in: News CafeLearning at the Library|By: Jennifer Govan|449 Reads