Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Good News from World Leaders

 World leaders representing the world's largest economies have come to an agreement to limit the increase of the global climate to 2 degrees Celsius, which scientists agree that if the global climate is kept at this level, we will avoid the worst climatic consequences. Member states that met at the environmental summit in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany have committed to a zero-emission energy system before the end of the century.

This landmark decision will certainly change the urgency of the environmental movement, due to the fact that before this summit, discussions of lowering the percentage of use was discussed, which would still include some use of fossil fuels. This most recent summit has agreed to enact policy within the world's most influential nations that will totally eliminate fossil fuel consumption in the next 85 years. the G7's statement, which consists of the seven most advanced economies in the world (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States), "reflect the growing national security and the quality of life of people everywhere. Statements denying that climate change is real or arguing that controlling emissions is less important than economic growth are being viewed as ridiculous, irresponsible, and dangerous.

The conversation has shifted to one about investment in renewable energy solutions and reduced reliance on fossil fuels for transportation through improved public transit networks and electric vehicle use." (David Suzuki Foundation). This is good news for the world as a whole, as the leaders of the the strongest economies in the world are in agreement that it is irrational to not believe in global climate change, and an understanding that change from fossil fuels to clean and renewable energy must happen.


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