THE PARIS AGREEMENT
An agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, dealing with greenhouse-gas-emissions mitigation, adaptation, and finance. 195 nations agreed that efforts should be made to keep the planet’s warming limited to a 1.5-degree-Celsius rise in the hope of staving off the impacts of historic rainfall events, mega-droughts, and the melting of colossal ice sheets. The U.S. is the only country opposed to the agreement, with President Trump announcing he’d withdraw from the accord in 2017.
If emissions continue to rise at current rates, we have roughly a decade before we pass the 1.5°C tipping point and face climate breakdown. This will cause mass extinctions of wildlife and devastation to humanity. We need to implement rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes to keep the Earth’s temperature from rising.
This is the conclusion of The United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2018 Report. It is also the conclusion of numerous other scientific associations.
WHO WILL THIS AFFECT?
Climate Change is affecting and will affect you no matter your political or religious beliefs. It will not recognize borders or walls. Massive action needs to be taken by all countries, if we are to limit the planet’s warming. The US must be a leader on this issue and change its current policies.
Individual actions are important but must be combined with larger structural changes. More than anything else we need to make the 2020 elections about climate change.