At the end of the Paris COP21 I wrote: "To date (January 2016) I think that, even if it's not very glorious photographically, continuing this work at the subsequent COPs would not be without interest..."
So here I am in Marrakech at the beginning of November 2016 to document the COP22. Everything starts badly for me: because of the conference the hotels are full or overpriced (for my budget) and the only place where I managed to book is a kind of youth hostel that offers me a bunk bed in a dormitory of 6 people.
On the spot, I get sick, I have a fever, probably the flu. Completely shot, I drag myself every day to the COP and return with relief my bed to try to recover. Difficult to rest with young roommates, pleasant but noisy, who also came to the COP. A couple of my bunkmates are sympathetic when they learn that I passed through their small village in Senegal during my bike trip from Senegal to Burkina Faso (see Reports in West Africa in 2010).
COP21 was considered historic by many observers because 195 countries participating in the 2015 Paris Conference on Climate adopted the first climate agreement of universal scope. This goal had been sought after since 2011 and the deadline for doing so was indeed the end of 2015. The deadlines are hereby maintained and in addition, instead of the initial figure of 2° C the agreement now aims to limit rising temperatures to 1.5° C compared to the pre-industrial era, "a claim supported during COP21 by all the island states, among the most vulnerable to the effects of global warming." (1)