Today marks the beginning of the 21st Conference of Parties Climate Summit taking place in Paris. Amidst heated negotiations, the global community asks for an international climate agreement.
As the UN-brokered Climate Summit kicks off, the opportunity arises once more for an international agreement that infused with all the expectations, will limit global warming to the 2 degrees Celsius milestone. A cohort of prestigious scientific studies have brought forth the dramatic and grim consequences of an unchecked business-as-usual scenario.
To prevent this from happening and keeping the global community on the floating line, it is crucial that world leaders meeting under the aegis of the UN 21st Conference of Parties Climate Summit lend an ear to the global community and act upon the buildup of hope and expectation now.
The International Energy Agency prepared a Special Briefing for the 21st Conference of Parties Climate Summit. According to the briefing, if all states present in the Paris meeting reach the targets stated in the climate pledges or their ‘intended nationally determined contributions’ (INDCs), this step alone would significantly and drastically cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
Heat-trapping gases are the heart of the thorny issue of climate change. With concrete measures set in place to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, half of the work is done.
Carbon emissions range high above other heat-trapping gases. Reducing carbon emissions in a multitude of ways ranging from cap-and-trade auctions, carbon taxes, increased taxes on fossil fuel use coupled with strict renewable energy mandates are mirroring national capabilities while streamlining an international agreement. It can be done. All we need is the political will to act upon these measures, the climate pledges and the INDCs and an overarching international agreement.
The International Energy Agency also showed in the briefing for the 21st Conference of Parties that it is possible provided all states meet the targets set out in their specific plans. Half of the INDCs according to the International Energy Agency include targets specific to the energy sector.
If states’ representatives meeting today in Paris listen to the people, the global community asks for an international climate agreement.
The latest Pew Research Center survey conducted in expectation of the 21st Conference of Parties found that the international agreement on climate and reducing greenhouse gas emissions is on everybody’s mind.
Peoples of both poor and rich nations are sending a unified message to world leaders. Put a cap on heat-trapping gases emissions stemming from fossil fuel burning. A survey of 40 nations reveals that 78 percent of the global community favors such an international climate agreement. At the same time, 54 percent median believe climate change is a very serious issue. Another 85 percent believe climate change is at least a serious issue that needs to be addressed now.
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