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Paris Climate Agreement Signing Ceremony

Coinciding with the Earth Day, the Paris Agreement has been signed on April 22 at the UN Headquarters, in New York City. Among other goals, it will fight against global warming and greenhouse gas emissions.

The Paris Agreement was adopted by all 196 Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris on 12 December 2015. In the Agreement, all countries agreed to work to limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius, and to strive for 1.5 degrees Celsius.

The agreement will enter into force 30 days after at least 55 countries, accounting for at least 55 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, deposit their instruments of ratification or acceptance with the Secretary-General.

The implementation of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are key tools for promoting prosperity, improving people’s wellbeing, and protecting the environment.

What do Climate Change and the Protection of the Environment have to do with us? Is it entirely the responsibility of political leaders? – Being a “citizen” means as well to take on responsibilities, at the community level, in our neighborhoods, workplace…  UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made it clear that each of us has a role to play emphasizing that “small actions, multiplied by millions, will bring about dramatic change, bolstering the Paris Agreement”.

Personally, at home I recycle garbage, am concerned of the use of energy -heating, electricity-, am careful with noise, try to purchase products environment-friendly, use public transportation as much as possible, and stay up to date -follow news and read-.

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Do I need an “Internet Vacation”?

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This last week I have been busy with conferences, other events, and have not been able to “do email” as often. Result: the Inboxes of my four email accounts are “burning” and I have realized that I can´t keep up with four email accounts, my Facebook and Twitter ones, a blog…

I have spent most of my weekend trying to check, organize and respond emails. Certainly, I´d love to have done something more fun or just to have advanced my numerous work deadlines!

That´s why I have thought about unsubscribing of some of the newsletters I receive, and about stopping to do Facebook and Twitter to catch up with friends. Instead, I will try to be in touch through email, text and, above all, face to face: having a coffee, going to an art event, show, etc.

Will I survive our tech-world without the social networks?