Saturday, December 12, 2015

The world agrees on addressing global climate change.

This evening here in Paris a global agreement on climate change has been adopted by the governments of almost every country in the world. After 20 years of negotiations and work by governments and NGOs, after millions of people made their voices and views heard on the streets, in their work and in their daily lives, the Paris Agreement has been finalised and legally agreed here at the meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. It includes reference for the first time to keeping global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, as well as the goal of 2 degrees, it includes reference to ending greenhouse gas emissions, it includes all countries in the world. It's far from a solution but it's a good start, and better, maybe a lot better, than was hoped for. And it was achieved through the democratic, non-violent discussion of almost every country in the world cooperating together. I'll leave the analysis to others for now, suffice to say, today is a good day, and it's good to be here in Paris to witness it.


UNFCCC Paris Agreement text.


UNFCCC Newsroom.

The Guardian article on the Paris deal.


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