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This Happened—December 12: Paris Agreement is Signed

Often referred to as the Paris Climate Accords, the Paris Agreement is an international treaty aimed at forcing countries and companies to change their behavior to reverse climate change. It was signed on December 12, 2015 at the end of the COP21 United Nations Climate Change Conference near the French capital.

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Who is part of the Paris Agreement?

The Paris Agreement was negotiated by 196 parties at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, and as of September 2022, 194 members of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) are parties to the agreement. The United States withdrew from the agreement in 2020, but rejoined in 2021.

Does the Paris Agreement really work?

The agreement is thought to be very important by world leaders, but criticized as lacking teeth by some environmentalists, as there is some debate about the effectiveness of the agreement. Still, the Paris Agreement has been successfully used in climate litigation forcing countries and large corporations and oil companies to strengthen climate action.

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How I Made Homeschooling Work For My Mexican Family

Educating children at home is rarely accepted in Mexico, but Global Press Journal reporter Aline Suárez del Real's family has committed to daily experiential learning.

How I Made Homeschooling Work For My Mexican Family

Cosme Damián Peña Suárez del Real and his grandmother, Beatriz Islas, make necklaces and bracelets at their home in Tecámac, Mexico.

Aline Suárez del Real

TECÁMAC, MEXICO — Fifteen years ago, before I became a mother, I first heard about someone who did not send her child to school and instead educated him herself at home. It seemed extreme. How could anyone deny their child the development that school provides and the companionship of other students? I wrote it off as absurd and thought nothing more of it.

Today, my 7-year-old son does not attend school. Since August of last year, he has received his education at home, a practice known as home-schooling.

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