In 2016, the world witnessed a historic event as 195 countries came together in the French capital, Paris, to ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change. The agreement was a landmark achievement that aimed to limit global warming to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.
The Paris Agreement was the culmination of years of international negotiations aimed at tackling the growing problem of climate change. The agreement was hailed as a success because for the first time, all countries, developed and developing, agreed to work together to address the issue of climate change.
Under the Paris Agreement, each country committed to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to reduce the overall global warming. The agreement also established a framework for monitoring and reporting progress towards achieving the agreed-upon goals.
The Paris Agreement was a significant step towards mitigating the effects of climate change. It highlighted the importance of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, investing in renewable energy, and promoting sustainable development. However, the success of the agreement depends on the commitments made by each country and their ability to implement measures that reduce emissions.
Unfortunately, in 2017, the United States, which is one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases, announced its withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. This was a significant setback for the global effort to combat climate change. However, the US rejoined the Paris Agreement in 2021 under the Joe Biden administration.
The Paris Agreement has been a critical milestone in the fight against climate change. It has set the stage for more ambitious action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit global warming. As the world continues to grapple with the effects of climate change, it is essential that all countries fulfill their commitments under the Paris Agreement to ensure a sustainable, healthy future for generations to come.