Cause for Global Celebration! A Climate Accord was achieved at the recent COP21 United Nations climate talks in Paris. The new deal unites all the world’s nations in a single agreement on tackling climate change for the first time in history.

Read the Paris Agreement Fact Sheet or visit to read the entire agreement.

For the first time in history, 195 Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – pledged to curb emissions, strengthen resilience and joined forces to take common climate action. This followed two weeks of tireless negotiations at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21).

COP stands for Conference of Parties, an annual meeting of all nations that make up the United Nations Framework on Climate Change — 195 nations in total. This is the 21st meeting (thus COP21), with the first occurring in Berlin in 1995. The purpose of the meetings is to continually assess the nations’ progress in dealing with climate change and, every so often, negotiate agreements and set goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions that are the primary drivers of climate change. Previous memorable meetings include COP3 in Kyoto, Japan, which brought about the Kyoto Protocol; COP11, which generated the Montreal Action Plan; and COP15 in Copenhagen, Denmark, which was largely deemed a failure because a binding agreement wasn’t reached. The goal for the Paris meeting was pretty clear-cut: to achieve a legally binding agreement, with universal participation among all nations, to keep global warming below what most scientists say is the critical threshold of 2 degrees Celsius of warming. (This refers to the increase in globally averaged temperature since the Industrial Revolution.)

The recently acheived deal unites all the world’s nations in a single agreement on tackling climate change for the first time in history. Coming to a consensus among nearly 200 countries on the need to cut greenhouse gas emissions is regarded by many observers as an achievement in itself and is being hailed as “historic”.


The San Juan Islands Conservation District (SJICD) and the Islands Climate Resilience group are collaborating to address climate impacts through adaptation and mitigation. A group of concerned organizations and citizens initiated the Islands Climate Resilience project to focus on adapting to climate change. In the San Juan Islands, there are numerous projects, programs, and policies, which partially address local and regional climate related impacts, but to date there has not been a holistic assessment and analysis of our climate preparedness. The Islands Climate Resilience project is designed to bring about the needed collaboration and identify what actions are necessary to make the San Juan Islands a “Climate Resilient Community”.



In July 2015, the Islands Climate Resilience group, including Madrona Institute and the San Juan Islands Conservation District, held a community meeting on San Juan Island, with 115 people in attendance, to begin the discussion of building a climate resilient community. The enthusiasm in the room was palpable. Our community is ready to take action.





In April of 2015, the San Juan Islands Conservation District co-sponsored Years of Living Dangerously, a 9 part Showtime film series on Climate Change.






The Madrona Institute, in collaboration with the San Juan Islands Conservation District and other organizations, hosted a series of eight lectures and a finale event on Climate Impacts, with participation from renowned scientists, business and non-profit advocacy leaders, and elected officials. 

Climate Action Imperative: 2014 San Juan Islands Summer Speaker Series

The San Juan County Council serves as a model for the community by pledging to take steps for climate stabilization and lists actions that San Juan County residents and businesses can take to reduce their carbon footprints. Please click here to read more about this San Juan County Declaration and Resolution on Climate Change adopted on February 5th, 2008.


Contact Information

Mailing Address: PO BOX 1728, Friday Harbor, WA 98250
Physical Address: 530 Guard Street, Friday Harbor, WA 98250
Telephone: 360-378-6621


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