There was a special conference on climate change which took place in Paris last week which caught the eyes of many. The Science magazine in its article indicated this as the “French President Emmanuel Macron’s effort to lure disgruntled foreign climate scientists to France—especially from the United States”. The event which was also called the One Planet Summit , was held on 12th December.
Justifying this statement by the Science magazine to a certain extent, France later announced that Macron’s “Make Our Planet Great Again” initiative has recruited its first class of 18 scientists. Of the new recruits, 13, including a few French nationals, now “work in the United States”, whereas others are based outside US. These selections were made out of nearly 1800 applications which were mostly from United States. The first set of winners were offered grants whereas the next set of winners will be announced in spring 2018. Reportedly there were 57 proposals turned in to the French National Research Agency and therefore, we shall expect at least two stages of grant offers.
One of the scientists, Prof. Camille Parmesan, who was a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Prize awarded to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was quite positive towards the concept. Many believe that this is another answer to the American presidency which opted to leave the Climate Agreement this year closer to the UNFCCC COP 23. We hope this could be a substantial commitment than the hype created over Syria deciding to join the climate deal in November despite the ongoing civil conflict. This is mainly because we were not convinced of the possible real motives behind Syria joining the climate deal.
Further outcomes of the event can be viewed here :Outcome Summary