You might think that Greenpeace wasn`t cynically afraid of food just to increase its revenue. But if that were the case, one has to wonder if the price was worth it in the run-up to Trump`s rejection of the Paris agreement. The most important must be the historic China-U.S. The climate agreement announced last November, in which the world`s two largest CO2 emitters and the global superpowers demonstrated their commitment to abandoning fossil fuels. Shortly after President Trump`s inauguration, Greenpeace made headlines and a global thumb for hanging a giant banner bearing the inscription “Resistance” from a crane near the White House. The irony is that over the past two decades, Greenpeace has unknowingly created the conditions that allowed Trump to make the most dramatic anti-environment decision to date: the reversal of U.S. participation in the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement. Meanwhile, countries that were previously seen as obstacles to a global agreement, including China and India, have introduced large-scale renewable energy (although India also wants to double coal production by 2020). We are less than two weeks away from the global negotiations in Paris, which could bring something we have all long hoped for: a binding international agreement to combat climate change. Here`s what you need to know.
While submitted INDCs do not currently contribute to us staying in the 2 degrees Celsius warming (according to the UNFCCC analysis), they are a good start. This is because INSs mean what the biggest polluters – including the United States, China, Europe and India – are prepared to do to combat global climate change. However, it is important to put in place a mechanism that re-examines the INDCs and reinforces the post-Paris climate ambitions, which must be agreed upon during the discussions. A Greenpeace study showed what could happen if Germany were attacked by nuclear weapons. According to a simulation, about 145,000 people would die immediately if a small nuclear bomb was deported to Berlin. This is where Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) come into play. These are the commitments made by the countries responsible for more than 80% of emissions prior to discussions on reducing their carbon footprint. To do so, UN diplomats have called for more preparation to be completed before the COP conference, and input from all states is needed. “Trump`s isolationist attitude at this critical time in history is morally reprehensible, but his attempt to derail global progress on climate change will fail. The Paris agreement remains in force, with or without the U.S. government. The transition to clean energy will continue.
A legally binding international treaty. No explanation or other promises as it stands, but something that legally binds nations and respects their commitment to combating climate change. “Trump is an out-of-contact who has exhausted America – and the world – for profit and profit. It is up to each of us to protect each other, to fight for each other and to resist how populism and regression are harming our planet. Despite the worsening impact on the real world and the rise of public dynamism, global political action remains weak.