The Paris Agreement takes effect next month as EU, US, China, and three others move for its ratification.
Environmental advocates have good reason to celebrate. A few days ago, the EU voted for the ratification of the Paris Agreement. The EU’s move brought the number of participants to a level that will allow it to jump start, although there’s a one month waiting period prior to activation.
The UN said this signals the start of a formal, collective attempt to save the planet from the devastation brought on by climate change. The Paris agreement is expected to take effect November 4, 2016.
According to Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, the event is going to be an unforgettable one.
He said the recent development confirms the support of many nations in addressing climate change issues. It is a show of unity among governments of different nations he added.
A total of 55 nations comprising 55 percent of the world’s carbon emission must signify an intention to join the pact. This requirement was surpassed this month when more than 70 nations (comprising close to 60 percent of emissions) have signified their support.
A month ago, China and the US expressed support for the agreement, amid speculations that the former would decline to do so. This empowered other nations to follow suit and soon enough India and the EU joined the pact.
Three more countries, namely Canada, Nepal, and New Zealand have recently moved for ratification of the agreement.
In the light of these string of events, US President Obama expressed his optimism, saying that the show of cooperation among countries is proof that nations are committed to saving and protecting the planet for the coming generations.
Admittedly, there is still plenty of work to be done as only a handful have really attempted to cut their carbon emissions on a wide scale. There is a warming limit equivalent to two degrees centigrade and everyone must do their part to ensure emissions do not swell beyond this cap.
The planet is abnormally warming up, approximately 10 times faster that it should. Around 90 percent of heat produced from carbon emissions have overworked our oceans as it continues to absorb 90 percent of it.
The level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have gone beyond the 400 parts per million mark. It is predicted that by 2050, the world would have also gone beyond its warming limit.
To keep this from happening, nations including those in the third world should collectively act towards combating the ill-effects of climate change.
With the Paris Agreement taking effect in less than a month, we are off to a good start.