Leaders from 175 countries, including New Zealand, signed the climate change accords in New York this morning, potentially paving the way for the agreement to come into force years ahead of schedule.
The Paris Agreement covers more than 90 per cent of the world’s emissions with 188 countries taking part in the negotiations held in France in December last year.
“We are in a race against time,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the gathering.
“The era of consumption without consequences is over.”
Many now expect the climate agreement to enter into force long before the original deadline of 2020.
Some say it could happen this year.
Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett says while New Zealand’s 2030 target of reducing emissions to 30 per cent below 2005 levels was ambitious, she is confident of success.
“The next step is for more of the operational details to be fleshed out so New Zealand can consider timing and the best way to ratify the agreement,” Ms Bennett said.
So we signed up to something and we have no idea how to achieve it. We actually have to still figure it out. How’s that for awesome? The thing to remember is that the agreement is non-binding, so yeah, whatever.
John Key’s put all his eggs in the “technology will provide the answer” basket, but to be honest, none of the politicians that are making decisions about climate today will be around to answer for the results, or the lack of them, when it actually becomes clear in 50 years time how much of the whole thing was actually true.
Some decades ago, the world decided to attack pollution. Clean up the air and waterways. And that’s a good thing to do no matter what your political persuasion. Most of the western countries have stopped discharging untreated waste, and we are all better off for it.
And so it is with measures that mitigate climate change. They may not actually have the desired effect, but the general environmental and life-style improvements that the search for “greener” production will generate is something we can all benefit from.
You may have seen this earlier this week. If not, I recommend you watch it. It makes it extremely obvious that by tackling climate change, we need to be looking ahead, and not apply bans and taxes.
– One News, TVNZ