Paris Agreement Just the Beginning

Paris Agreement Just the Beginning

VANCOUVER – On Saturday, December 12th, 2016 nearly 200 countries came to a historic agreement at the United Nations COP21 climate conference in Paris, France, where world leaders from around the globe met to discuss how to collectively tackle the issue of climate change.

The Paris Agreement commits countries to hold global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius and, recognizing the risk of grave consequences, urges countries to pursue initiatives to hold warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius. The draft agreement also aims for net-zero emissions globally by the second half of the century.

The proposed final text of the Paris Agreement can be found at:
http://unfccc.int/meetings/paris_nov_2015/in-session/items/9320.php

Quotes:

“On behalf of Clean Energy BC, I would like to congratulate everyone involved in achieving a consensus on this monumental agreement.”

“In particular, I would like to single out the leadership of Prime Minister Trudeau, federal Environment Minister McKenna and the entire Canadian delegation, including Premier Clark and provincial Environment Minister Polak. It is a relief to once again see Canada taking a proactive position on climate change and exhibiting a willingness to work collaboratively on a global stage to find answers to the number one issue confronting the citizens of the world.”

“This agreement however, is just the beginning. It is a pathway to a new, lower carbon economy and clean and renewable energy will undoubtedly play a critical role moving forward toward this climate resilient economy in Canada. Clean Energy BC and its membership are eager to step up, do more, and be part of the solution.”

“The BC Government has been a leader in addressing the impacts of climate change – and I commend them for their past work and leadership – but now is the time to make bold decisions if we have any hope of meeting our climate commitments. We are blessed to have a clean and renewable energy sector in BC that provides British Columbians with responsible, reliable and affordable power. Let us utilize this enviable tool as we decarbonize all sectors across the board.”

 

Paul Kariya
Executive Director
Clean Energy BC

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