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One Year Later: NGOs Reactions to the Paris Climate Agreement

The Paris Climate Agreement is an agreement dealing with greenhouse gasses emissions mitigation, adaptation, and finance starting in the year 2020. The language of the agreement was negotiated by representatives of 195 countries. It was finally adopted exactly one year ago on 12 December 2015.

The Paris Climate Agreement

As a remembrance of the signing, we thought it was an excellent idea to summarize the reactions of three notable NGOs at the time. Since the signing of the Paris Agreement was a unique happening. For the first time in history, an enormous amount totaling 195 countries agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and deal with the impacts of climate change. The main goals of the agreement are:

  1. “Holding the increase in the global average temperature 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, recognizing that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change”
  2. “Increasing the ability to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change and foster climate resilience and low greenhouse gas emissions development, in a manner that does not threaten food production”
  3. “Making finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development”
  • Samantha Smith, leader of WWF’s Global Climate and Energy Initiative
    “We heard that governments will move swiftly to get the Paris Agreement in place and that’s good. However, much more still needs to be done. Countries need to take immediate, scaled-up and collaborative action at home on renewable energy, forests and finance to avoid the very worst impacts of climate change,” said Samantha Smith,
  • Sven Harmeling, CARE International’s Climate Change Advocacy Coordinator
    “Research shows that dangerous climate change impacts will increase significantly, if global warming exceeds 1.5 degrees. Over 100 vulnerable developing countries already back the 1.5 degrees’ temperature target for the Paris agreement – it’s a question of their survival. But it is encouraging to see leaders such as France’s Francois Hollande and Germany’s Angela Merkel acknowledging that 2 degrees may be too much for many countries,”
  • Helen Szoke, Oxfam Australia’s Chief Executive
    “This deal offers a frayed life-line to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. Only the vague promise of a new future climate funding target has been made. While the deal does not force countries to cut emissions fast enough to forestall a climate change catastrophe. This will only ramp up adaptation costs further in the future.
    Governments across the world have now come together in the global fight against climate change but must play catch up. We will be holding them to account with the millions of people who marched in cities all around the world so that dangerous warming is averted and the world’s poorest and most vulnerable communities get the support that they need.”

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