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171 countries signed the Paris Climate Agreement on Earth Day (April 22) of 2016 at the Headquarters of the United Nations, making it a treaty with the highest number of signatories in a single day.

Before providing his official address, Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, invited a youth from Tanzania to give a speech. This change in procedure highlighted the crucial and lasting impact of climate change upon the future of the human race, and emphasized the responsibilities that youths may face in the future.

On 2016 September 3, the Chinese leader Xi Jinping, US President Obama, and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon attended the ceremony for the deposit of instruments of joining the Paris Agreement in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province.

One year later, on 2017 June 2, the newly inaugurated US President Donald Trump officially announced that the US will be withdrawing from the Paris Agreement. This act went against the global consensus for environmental conversation.

The Paris Agreement includes 29 articles divided into the following sections: aims, mitigation, adaptation, losses and injuries, capital, technology, energy infrastructure, transparency, and global stocktake.

From the perspective of environmental protection and governance, the largest contribution of the Paris Agreement was that it clearly stipulated quantified indicators that the entire world can work towards. The Agreement pointed out that all signatories will step up measures implemented against the threat of climate change, with the aim of limiting temperature increase to less than 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. Only by achieving global peaking of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as soon as possible could subsequent efforts in the second half of this century focus on realizing zero net GHG emissions and mitigate threats towards natural ecosystems and human survival caused by global warming.

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Houyi Perspective

Given the severity of climatic anomalies, increase in temperature, and pollution on a global scale, this is a critical time where humans must review their actions and quickly enforce relevant responses. Excessive heat and energy is cataclysmic. The searing heat of the sun will render the survival of most organisms impossible, melt polar ice caps which then flood land areas, and generate super-hurricanes that unleash the destructive might of the sea. Excessive waste and consumption cause depletion. Numerous factors planted these seeds of grave costs, including air pollution caused by fossil fuel power generation, the risk of destructive disasters of nuclear power plants, and limitations that prevent green energy from becoming a main source of power. We value both our resources and living beings. People need to urgently reflect, limit, and mitigate actions that damage the ecosystem of the valuable planet that we call home.

Houyi Belief

Striving to develop energy conserving solutions is forever our mission.