Americans generally don’t like France. Maybe it’s our perceived rudeness of the people, or maybe it’s because they’ve dubbed one of our iconic foods as their own (all hail Freedom Fries). But last year, they hosted one of the most important events to happen to our great Mother Earth which would become the Paris Agreement. This is where 195 countries in the world (which is oh, all of them) met to discuss climate change and what they are going to do about it. Together, they’re coming up with a plan to set religious, economical, lingual, geographical, sociological differences aside for the betterment of the planet. Together, they made a commitment on behalf of their country to save the planet from further climate change. Specifically, to prevent temperature increases in our oceans. By the way, this is the same plan that in recent news, Trump wants to get rid of. But this isn’t about him, it’s about saving the planet! Okay – so here is the plan:
The Plan – What Is It?
Essentially, the goal of the Parties of the Paris Agreement (again, all. of. the. countries. in. the. world.) is to keep temperature rise to a minimum, and decrease it if they can. Also, to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, which are a contributor to global warming –> climate change. Sounds like a pretty rad idea – ya? So who’s in? BUT FIRST. Who are the top contributors of greenhouse gas emissions (think industry, transportation, oil burning, electricity burning…) well check out this list from Wikipedia (Paris Agreement):
The countries that follow the list above emit a pretty miniscule amount of total GHGes. It’s really about the top contenders and how they’re going to step up to the plate. The good news? China is totally on board.
More than half of the world has signed on to this plan (110 countries to be exact). Who are the big names?
- United States
- (many more)
There are still some countries that haven’t signed on… luckily, the top contributors (minus #1 on this list) have committed to the GHG reduction commitment.
- United Kingdom
So What’s Going on in Morocco?
Marrakesh, Morocco is hosting this year’s Parties of the Paris Agreement gathering from Nov. 7-18, 2016 which will be attended by all countries. Except Trump doesn’t want to go. Actually, he’s not even there. And that’s probably a good thing. Senator John Kerry is holding it down.
What will be the result of this Morocco convention? We can only hope for more ratifications (aka approvals by the individual countries) to sign on to the commitment/plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It’s hazy right now, to be honest. Everyone’s pretty unsure of what the future will hold now that Trump is coming into office. He has been very vocal about revoking the U.S.’s ratification (signing) of commitment. He also wants to stop funding anything related to the Paris Agreement, and increase fossil fuel development within the Country.
One thing that has been repeated – the other countries will continue on despite Trump’s opinion on the matter. And for that, we are thankful.
Intrigued? Keep learning:
The Nature Conservancy – 10 Things You Should Know About the Paris Agreement…