“An unprecedented coalition of U.S. states, cities, businesses, communities of faith, universities, health care and cultural institutions, and other organizations are now acting to fulfill America’s climate pledge to the world. This commitment is reflected in the large number of American actors continuing to back the Paris Agreement, including members of the We Are Still In network, U.S. Climate Alliance, Climate Mayors, We Mean Business, and many others.”
While climate hawks say that 2050 is not soon enough, a few years ago scarcely anyone outside a few activists and think tanks were talking about 100% renewables, much less a time table for achieving that goal. Momentum is accelerating….
The failure of the COP25 summit in Madrid is a message to climate hawks that the encouraging growth in activism we’ve seen in the past few years, especially from young people, will have to be cranked up several more notches if there is to be any chance of ameliorating the impacts emerging across the planet from continuing to pump ever more greenhouse gas emissions into our overburdened atmosphere. As Matt Maynard writes at Geographical:
The promise-later, act-later Paris Agreement was updated to a promise-now, act-later agreement Green Deal across the continent. Embodied in that European promise by some of the world’s richest countries (and those most historically responsible for creating warming) was an understanding that 3˚C of global warming was now the best humanity could hope for.