By: Jalenn Turre, Marketing, Business & Social Media Strategist
Now that the Paris #ClimateChange Agreement has been signed off by almost 200 countries, an immediate action must be implemented across the globe in order to start slowing down the dangerous #climatechange impact.
Overrule the skepticism and denials, action-driven strategies and participation are essential NOT politicking. This is a significant achievement in the 21st Century.
“Today thanks to strong, principled American leadership, we’ll leave our children a world that is safer and more secure, more prosperous and more free, and that is our most important mission in our short time here on this earth.” – said President Barack Obama (source: Politico)
It is however, the responsibility of everyone with every level of governments, corporations, organizations, and individual citizens) to participate actively in the execution of every type of action that will foster the objectives of this Paris Agreement in order to save Mother Earth.
“Decisive leadership and action from President Obama and other world leaders, an increasingly powerful climate movement, and strong progress in the U.S. and globally to move off coal cleared the way for every nation to come to the table. This historic international agreement is what the American people demanded, what future generations deserve, and what the world needs.” – said Michael Brune, Executive Director, Sierra Club (source: Politico)
“If agreed and implemented, this means bringing down greenhouse-gas emissions to net zero within a few decades. It is in line with the scientific evidence we presented,” said John Schellnhuber, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (source: BBC)
What are the Key Elements of the ClimateChange Agreement?
- To keep global temperatures “well below” 2.0C (3.6F) and “endeavour to limit” them even more, to 1.5C
- To limit the amount of greenhouse gases emitted by human activity to the same levels that trees, soil and oceans can absorb naturally, beginning at some point between 2050 and 2100
- To review each country’s contribution to cutting emissions every five years so they scale up to the challeng
- For rich countries to help poorer nations by providing “climate finance” to adapt to climate change and switch to renewable energy.
“It’s a victory for all of the planet and future generations,” – said John Kerry, US Secretary of the State
“It is a victory for the most vulnerable countries, the small islands, the least developed countries and all those with the most to lose, who came to Paris and said they didn’t want sympathy, they wanted action.” – said Dr. Bill Hare, CEO of Climate Analytics
A Transparent and Accountable Agreement (source: White House)
The Paris Agreement establishes a robust transparency system to help make sure that all countries are living up to their commitments. This will send a market signal to the private sector and investors that countries are serious about meeting the targets they have set. These steps include:
- Putting in place an enhanced transparency system for all countries: A critical component of the Agreement, the transparency framework agreed to by parties ensures that all countries are on a level playing field with the United States with flexibility for those developing countries with less capacity.
- Requiring countries to report on greenhouse gas inventories: For the first time, the Agreement requires all countries to report on national inventories of emissions by source. This breakthrough will give unprecedented clarity to the public’s understanding of emissions and pollution in countries throughout the world.
- Requiring countries to report on mitigation progress: Also for the first time, countries are required to report on information necessary to track progress made in implementing and achieving the targets and strategies countries have put forward.
- Establishing a technical review process with agreed upon standards: To help ensure countries are meeting transparency requirements, countries are subject to a comprehensive technical expert review process that analyzes whether reporting is in line with the standards adopted. Countries will also engage in a multilateral review with their peers to share their experiences and lessons learned.
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