It is my deep conviction that we have come up with an ambitious and balanced agreement. Today it is a moment of truth.
Laurent Fabius, French foreign minister, Paris COP21, December 2015

This universal and ambitious agreement sends a clear signal to governments, businesses, and investors everywhere: the transformation of our global economy from one fuelled by dirty energy to one fuelled by sustainable economic growth is now firmly and inevitably underway.
Al Gore, Paris COP21, December 2015

Investors across Europe will now have the confidence to do much more to address the risks arising from high carbon assets and to seek opportunities linked to the low carbon transition already transforming the world’s energy system and infrastructure.
International Investors Group on Climate Change, Paris COP21, December 2015

This is a monumental triumph for people and planet. Climate change is the defining challenge of our time.
Ban Ki-moon, secretary general of the UN, Paris COP21, December 2015

Climate justice has won and we are all working towards a greener future.
Narendra Modi, prime minister of India, Paris COP21, December 2015

This is extraordinary. It’s a game changer. I could never have imagined that we would get there.
Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank, Paris COP21, December 2015

It’s a victory for all of the planet and future generations.
John Kerry, Paris COP21, December 2015

What is so special about this deal is that it puts the onus on every country to play its part.
David Cameron, Prime Minister of the UK, Paris COP21, December 2015

We agree there is no development without tackling climate change. We cannot poison the planet and thrive.
Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank, Paris COP21, December 2015

We must now translate this agreement into concrete action.
Carole Dieschbourg, environment minister for Luxembourg, Paris COP21, December 2015

Today we celebrate, tomorrow we have to act.
Miguel Arias Cañete, Paris COP21, December 2015

The world demanded climate action and the international community has responded. Today’s agreement demonstrates without question that it is possible for us to come together in common cause to address the greatest challenges we face, preventing tragedy for the many millions of people vulnerable to the effects of climate change and securing the economic prosperity of the world in the 21st century.
Paul Polman, CEO of consumer goods giant Unilever, Paris COP21, December 2015

Together, we’ve shown what’s possible when the world stands as one. In short, this agreement will mean less of the carbon pollution that threatens our planet and more of the jobs and economic growth driven by low-carbon investments.
Barack Obama, US president, Paris COP21, December 2015

The power of the fossil fuel industry is reflected in the text of the agreement, which drags out the transition [to clean energy] so far that endless climate damage will be done.
Bill McKibben, founder of environment movement, COP21, December 2015

The deal puts the fossil fuel industry on the wrong side of history. But emission targets are not big enough.
Kumi Naidoo, Greenpeace international director, COP21, December 2015

In Paris, all 195 governments agreed, and this is a kind of miracle in itself, on achieving greenhouse-gas neutrality by 2050.
Stefan Gsänger, WWEA Secretary General, December 2015

Paris has in fact defined 100 % renewable energies as the achievable, the new normal!
Stefan Gsänger, WWEA Secretary General, December 2015

The Paris agreement is a breakthrough. Earth's fate now depends on how fast and how strong we implement policy instruments to actually reach the great target of strictly limiting global temperature increase and the resulting climate risks.
Professor Ottmar Edenhofer, chief economist of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, December 2015

Reason and moral combined at the COP21 to deliver a historical climate agreement that finally transcends national egotisms.
Hans Joachim (John) Schellnhuber, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), December 2015

We have seen a strong El Nino develop in the Tropical Pacific this year and that will have had some impact on this year's global temperature. We've had similar natural events in the past, yet this is the first time we're set to reach the 1 °C marker and it's clear that it is human influence driving our modern climate into uncharted territory.
Stephen Belcher, Director of the Met Office Hadley Centre, December 2015

Climate change undermines development gains. If we do not properly police this Paris agreement, then the remaining 16 sustainable development goals will be undermined.
Ban Ki-moon, at Davos, January 2016

We need to strengthen climate action at all levels.
Ban Ki-moon, January 2016

2015 didn’t just break the global temperature record — it crushed it.
Bill McKibben, December 2015

Air pollution is a major contributing factor in the deaths of around 600,000 children under five every year – and it threatens the lives and futures of millions more every day.
Anthony Lake,UNICEF Executive Director, November 2016

This new age is not just climate change. It is everything change: the sky, the sea, the land, the rocks, life itself.
David Biello, science curator at TED, November 2016

Emission reductions have led to improvements in air quality in Europe, but not enough to avoid unacceptable damage to human health and the environment. We need to tackle the root causes of air pollution, which calls for a fundamental and innovative transformation of our mobility, energy and food systems.
Hans Bruyninckx, EEA Executive Director, November 2016

North Africa is already hot and is strongly increasing in temperature. At some point in this century, part of the region will become uninhabitable.
Jos Lelieveld, climate scientist from the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, December 2016

We’ve never seen anything like this scale of bleaching before. In the northern Great Barrier Reef, it’s like 10 cyclones have come ashore all at once.
Professor Terry Hughes, convenor of the National Coral Bleaching Taskforce, April 2016

What’s at stake right now is the existence of my generation.
Xiuhtezcatl Roske-Martinez, Earth Guardians, July 2015

The biggest challenge we face is shifting human consciousness, not saving the planet. Because the planet doesn’t need saving; we do.
Xiuhtezcatl Roske-Martinez, Earth Guardians, April 2015

We are defining the future we will pass on to generations to come. This is a pivotal moment in our nation’s history.
Xiuhtezcatl Roske-Martinez, Earth Guardians, 2016

Our work shows that U.S. consumers, regardless of political standing, age, or gender, want to use more renewable energy and less fossil fuels.
Christine Horne, professor of sociology, June 2017

Climate change is fuelling this surge in child exploitation – forcing kids to swap the safety of the classroom for the toxic gas of the goldmine.
Ignacio Packer, Terre des Hommes Secretary General, June 2017

In future, the climate in large parts of the Middle East and North Africa could change in such a manner that the very existence of its inhabitants is in jeopardy.
Jos Lelieveld, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and Professor at the Cyprus Institute, May 2016

If mankind continues to release carbon dioxide as it does now, people living in the Middle East and North Africa will have to expect about 200 unusually hot days, according to the model projections.
Panos Hadjinicolaou, Associate Professor at the Cyprus Institute and climate change expert, May 2016

Climate change will significantly worsen the living conditions in the Middle East and in North Africa. Prolonged heat waves and desert dust storms can render some regions uninhabitable, which will surely contribute to the pressure to migrate,
Jos Lelieveld, Atmospheric researcher, May 2016

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