India happily joined the Paris Climate Change Agreement by submitting its instrument of ratification at UN headquarters in New York on Sunday indicating ‘strong international commitment to deliver on the promises – marking 147th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
In simple terms, this agreement pertains to reduce our carbon footprints and protect the earth from adverse impact of climate change. The Paris Agreement is an extraordinary progression in both international law and climate change law. We can only hope that it will be enough to save the planet. But, Setting Small Goals Motivates Us to Accomplish Bigger Things. Motivation is the essential and irreplaceable element of success. When we’re not motivated, we fail. Common sense.
I am very alarmed, however, about the Agreement’s provision to hold “the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels.” This is a dangerous prevarication. By now we all know that a 2°C target is woefully inadequate.
-Some renowned Scientist recently expressed “It’s a fraud really, a fake. It’s just bullshit for them to say.” (2) “We’ll have a 2C warming target and then try to do a little better every five years. It’s just worthless words. There is no action, just promises. “(3)“By comparison to what it could have been, it’s a miracle. By comparison to what it should have been, it’s a disaster.”
-Scientists at MIT say that under the current Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) the global average temperature will soar by as much as 3.7 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by 2100. This is far above the 1.5 degree Celsius target,
We have now reached at the rolling point. There is no more time for postponement, or half-measures. The time is now, and there is no Plan B. Enforcing the Paris Agreement does need world leaders’ commitment for many years to come. The agreement is vulnerable, because it is subject to the fancies of political will, and to changes in administration.