The Paris Climate Agreement: A Paramount Decision for Planet Earth
The Paris Climate Agreement
The United Nation’s Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) developed the Paris Agreement over several years, negotiating this treaty with 195 nations around the world.
According to the UNFCCC’s website section devoted to the Paris Agreement:
“The Paris Agreement’s central aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius.”
(More from the Paris Agreement website, click here.)
The main purpose of this treaty is to keep the Average World Temperature from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius, which according to Scientists is an important target to maintain. The reason is that more than 2 degrees rise would be catastrophic to the planet and the current environment. Though it is important to note that even a 1 degree rise brings about many negative effects, which must be “dealt” with through attempts to adapt to these inevitable problematic effects.
Currently, despite matter our actions, the world will continue to get warmer, because there is so much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere already at this point. It takes many years for the natural processing of this carbon dioxide, and it will eventually end up in the oceans, and thus cause more oceanic problems. The important thing to recognize is that more than 2 degrees rise in the global average temperature will exacerbate the problems to such an extent that many millions (if not billions) of people will likely be wiped out. And we’re talking a time frame of just the next 80 years.
The global average temperature during the last Ice Age, some 10,000 years ago, was only 5 degrees different than today. Only 5 degrees difference (colder) and the planet was in the middle of an Ice Age. Imagine what would happen to the planet with just a 5 degrees warmer difference to the global average temperature. We must keep the Global Average Temperature increase to less than 2 degrees, and that is what the Paris Agreement works toward. (More about this and Climate Change in general, click here.)
Trump Dumped the Paris Agreement
Last November the Paris Agreement was finalized and signed by virtually all countries of the world (except for 2 – Syria being in the midst of a civil war, and Nicaragua which does not believe the Agreement goes far enough). Until yesterday, when President Trump signaled that America would leave the Paris Agreement, there were 195 countries in agreement on this treaty. Now, there are 194 countries, and we’re on the outside looking in.
President Donald Trump announced that he would move to end the Executive Order that President Obama signed that joined us to the Paris Agreement. Stupidly, and amazingly so, the US Senate could not be trusted to ratify this treaty, SOLELY DUE TO PARTISAN POLITICS.
Part of the frustration with Trump’s decision (and the Republicans on his side in regard to this issue) is that the Paris Agreement allowed us to set our own targets within the accepted “framework.” Trump could have easily changed these targets for the US, and he could have moved toward working with the UNFCCC to make the Paris Agreement even better (as the Agreement is a mutable framework). This just shows the extreme level of stupidity with Trump’s decision on this issue.
Renewable Energy Makes the ONLY Sense
It is LUDICROUS that the Republicans cannot break away from their old rhetoric and policies regarding Climate Change, as the science only continues to prove the point that global warming is happening and it is greatly influenced by human activities. Even anecdotally, we can all see and feel the changes, as the increases of extreme weather patterns has continued unabated for the past 20-some years.
Furthermore, Renewable Energy makes sense whether you are a conservative or a liberal, whether you believe in “global warming” or not. Renewable Energy is the only way we can continue to progress as the human race, in a manner that provides all the energy we require in an equitable and non-pollutive way. Granted, many more advancements with Renewables and Energy Storage are still needed, and that is the very reason why Renewable Energy needs to be a primary focus of planet earth.
The Paris Agreement was a major component of the “Renewable Future” as it brought all the nations of the earth to focus on the solutions to Climate Change, of which Renewable Energy is a primary solution. The Paris Agreement was only for our benefit, and now it is no more for America… All because of sadly stupid DJ Trump.