Climate change adds poverty to poverty; Clean Revolution brings growth and jobs, says French President's climate advisor Nicolas Hulot

Author:
Clare Saxon Ghauri
Reading time: 8 minutes
10 December 2014

LONDON: On December 10, 2014, we hosted the French President’s climate advisor Nicolas Hulot for a live Twitter Q&A about the importance of COP20 in Lima, ahead of global climate talks in Paris next year. He shared insight to the need for and progress around global climate commitments, urging a price on carbon and a clean revolution, which will bring growth and jobs.

The Twitter chat took place in the middle of the global climate talks in Lima, Peru - COP20. The negotiations mark the end of an important year for climate action momentum: a year which included pivotal moments like the US-China climate deal, high-profile climate events in NYC, and the release of the IPCCC’s 5th Assessment climate report. Lima is seen by many as the crucial last chance for this momentum to lead to a global climate agreement at COP21, which takes place in Paris, France, a year from now.

Central to preparing France for hosting the global climate talks is Nicolas Hulot, Special Envoy of the President of the Republic for the Protection of the Planet to French President François Hollande. Nicolas Hulot has a unique perspective on the COPs as he has spent the last few years visiting key countries' teams involved in the negotiations. He was keen to answer your questions on Twitter, which ranged from COP20 and clean energy in business, to the impacts of climate change on poverty. 

Answering questions in both French and English, first he looked to some of the many opportunities for companies and governments in driving a low carbon economy.

Addressing poverty as well as the gender problems that become exacerbated by runaway climate change, Nicolas Hulot underlined that issues like this cannot be separtated and must be tackled 'jointly'.

Soon enough the conversation turned to the international climate negotiations. Nicolas Hulot explained France's position as well as the reasons for the name that is rumored to have been chosen for the global deal at COP21 next year: the 'Paris Alliance'.

Pointing out the double benefits of a cleaner environment and a stronger economy by investing in a clean revolution - because it will bring green jobs and more prosperous communities - Nicolas Hulot stressed the need for a price on carbon, as well as new finance tools to boost the Green Climate Fund.

The live Q&A ended with Nicolas Hulot's insights on the key breakthroughs that are most needed for clear progress at Lima toward achieving the 'Paris Alliance' next year. 

You can follow Nicolas Hulot on Twitter at @N_Hulot, and get the latest from next year's talks by following @COP21 and #Paris2015. 

This is the last Twitter Q&A of the year. If you would like to suggest themes or guests for next year, please contact us at @ClimateGroup. 


Want to read more about COP? Over the next week we are releasing pre and post-COP briefings as well as producing COP20 coverage in our news and blogs and on Twitter. Our States & Regions events in Lima can be tracked on hashtag #statesandregions.

And in case you missed it, here's a brief background to the COP20 in Lima and our infographic showing the history of the COP negotiations.

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