Paris Climate Agreement, 5 years on
Solutions to climate change seemed impossible not too long ago. And, 5 years on from the Paris Climate Agreement, it’s easy to feel pessimistic. But we are always ‘glass full’ people here (water + air), so here are 3 reasons to feel cheerful about the climate, with a grateful nod to Mr Ian Dury.
Solutions to climate change 1 – The USA is back!
In a tweet from the Biden Transition Twitter account today: “Climate change poses an existential threat—not just to our environment, but to our health, our communities, our national security, and our economic well-being. President-elect Biden will lead the world to address the climate crisis.” We couldn’t have said it better. Great news! Let’s do this!
Solutions to climate change 2 – Europe has made a commitment to drastically cut CO2 emissions
Yes, Brexit is a pain in the ass for everyone, but the European Union recently committed to cut carbon by 55% by 2030 (up from a previous 40% commitment), compared with 1990 levels and Britain has also stepped up by announcing that it will no longer fund overseas fossil fuel projects. “Today’s agreement puts us on a clear path to climate neutrality in 2050,” said Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission. Now, why can’t we all just get along and work on solutions to climate change together?
Solutions to climate change 3 – China has committed to net-zero emissions
Back in September, Chinese President Xi Jinping called for a ‘green revolution’ and said the country will scale up its targets under the Paris climate accord, and pledged to be carbon neutral by 2060. China is the world’s biggest producer of greenhouse gases (such as carbon dioxide, CO2, the main culprit in climate change), so this is a very big deal. If we are serious about implementing solutions to climate change, then China must play a leading role. Go China!
Time for each and every one of us to step up
The world’s biggest economies and biggest polluters are now the solutions to climate change. This is huge, and a really positive end to 2020. Let’s keep up the momentum. Stay tuned for some very exciting projects, and how we can all plant hemp to offset our carbon emissions at scale.
Do you have a project or idea that is a solution to climate change? Let us know and we’ll help you tell your story to the world so that you can connect, grow and succeed, and we can achieve success together.
The Guardian on the risk of missing the Paris Agreement target: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/dec/12/world-is-in-danger-of-missing-paris-climate-target-summit-is-warned
EU position on the Paris Agreement: https://ec.europa.eu/clima/policies/international/negotiations/paris_en
CNN on China’s carbon-neutral pledge: https://edition.cnn.com/2020/09/22/china/xi-jinping-carbon-neutral-2060-intl-hnk/index.html
Read our post about the top 5 things you can do to save the planet.
Ian Dury: myself, CC BY 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Hemp field: Glyn Baker / Highless Hemp, Wikimedia Commons
Shanghai smog: Seader, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons
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