For those of you wondering what the result of the major climate change summit that took place in Paris was…? Negotiators from 196 Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) spent two weeks working on the The Paris Agreement On Climate Change (COP21) and they have all agreed to keep global temperature rises to below 2 degrees Celsius. The agreement been described by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as “a monumental triumph for people and planet”.
“It is ambitious, flexible, credible and durable. All countries have agreed to hold global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius. And recognizing the risk of grave consequences, you have further agreed to pursue efforts to limit temperature increase to 1.5 degrees. This is especially important for the nations of Africa, small Island Developing States and Least Developed countries. You have listened to the voices of the most vulnerable and recognized the importance of minimizing and addressing loss and damage.”
The agreement lacks any legal document which would hold governments or corporations to any emission standards that will stop global warming from reaching devastatingly high levels. Instead they would do a check or audit every five years.
Click here to read the 31 page COP21 agreement.
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin
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