The Paris agreement provides that it shall enter into force 30 days after 55 countries, representing 55 percent of global emissions, deposit their instruments of ratification, acceptance or accession with the Secretary-General. The Instruments deposited on the 5th October bring the total number of countries to 73, and together with the European Union these now exceed the 55% of global emissions.
This might provoke a negative reaction in some countries, but DiCaprio is carrying out the mission he has been given by the U.N., and is keeping this issue at the forefront of international politics. But what is the Paris Agreement?
The main aim of the Paris Agreement is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius. The Agreement also aims to strengthen the ability of countries to deal with the impacts of climate change.
Even if you are not persuaded of the danger to wildlife, and are not moved by the physical evidence, you may still wish to argue against plastic products entering our food chain. An international ban on the use of plastic particles, in any industry which may be even indirectly linked to food ingestion, is the only answer to this serious issue.
375 members of the National Academy of Sciences have published an open letter on the serious risks of climate change. 30 Nobel laureates have put their names to this letter. It is not uncommon for scientists to speak out about the damaging effects of climate change. However, this is the first open letter from so many scientists concerned about the future of the planet. See the opening paragraph of their letter, below:
The letter, with all signatories, is on the website dedicated to responsible scientists.
This blog was started by the Monday Group - which was set up in April 2016. Each item contains a link back to its source, where more information can be found. Comments are welcome