We love Moroccan Mint tea. In fact, it was one of the very first herbal teasans that we shared with you. We love it for the sweet mellow mint that rises from the steaming cup. We love it for the evocative aroma that draws our imagination to the markets and tea houses of northern Africa. And, while the mint we source for our organic, Fair Trade Certified™ Moroccan Mint tea is grown in Egypt, right now we love our Moroccan Mint tea because it reminds us of the UN Climate Conference, COP22, currently underway in Marrakech, Morocco.
The COP22 runs November 7-18, and brings together the world’s top policy experts to hammer out the action plan for keeping global warming 2 degrees Celsius below pre-industrial levels. It’s the follow up to the historic Paris Agreement, reached during the COP21 in 2015. Paris was a watershed moment, the first time we reached a global consensus on the urgency of climate change and committed to taking action to stop global warming. But, even though Paris was ratified, it was just the framework agreement. Signatory countries still must commit to and be held accountable for specific actions to reduce emissions. So far, an analysis of the climate plans brought forth by the signatory countries, assuming they are all implemented without a hitch, only get us to 2.7 degrees Celsius, not the 2 degrees that is widely recognized as the tipping point. Therefore, we need stronger commitments that go farther, faster. Enter COP22, Marrakech, our next best opportunity to make sure that the momentum of Paris continues to manifest incremental and meaningful change.
If you’re wondering how any of this relates to that cup of Morrocan Mint tea in your hands right now, consider this: our mint is grown by organic, fair trade cooperatives along the banks of the Nile River. The irrigation water used to grow this mint is drawn from the Nile, and water flow depends on an annual rainfall from Burundi clear up to Egypt to replenish the water. Based on current climate trends, rainfall is likely to drop even while population increases, meaning less water for people, crops, and wildlife. Simultaneously, warming temperatures means increased evapotranspiration and evaporation from croplands. Taking action today to reduce future emissions and sequester the carbon that is already in the atmosphere means that the farming families, croplands, and wildlife of the Nile River Valley can depend on a secure future.
So what can you do? You can join the global climate conversation by visiting EarthToMarrakech.org. Start a movement with your friends and family, and help spread the word. Interested in doing more? Visit 350.org to join a local group working to raise awareness and action against climate change. And, since this depends on each and every one of us making different choices, you can use one of the many online calculators to calculate your carbon footprint and plan actions in your own life to reduce your carbon budget. Here’s a few places to start:
Please join us in urging world leaders to take action against climate change, and ensure that COP22 continues the successes of Paris. #EarthToMarrakech