The Paris Climate Agreement will take effect next month now that nations representing more than 55 percent of emissions have ratified it. The accord brings hope to polar bears and to all of us.

© Daniel J. Cox/Natural Exposures

1/9/2017 3:08:10 AM

Winds of Change: Paris Climate Agreement

They did it! We did it. It’s a huge step forward—and there’s no looking back. 

This week, more than 55 percent of the world’s nations ratified the Paris Climate Agreement—signaling a brighter future for polar bears and for all of us.

“Crossing the 55 percent threshold means the agreement will go into effect within the next 30 days or so,” said Geoff York, PBI Senior Director of Conservation. “It commits world leaders to emission reductions and paves the way to a clean energy future.”

York said this is great news to celebrate on a global scale, with large polluters like the U.S., China, India, and Brazil signaling their commitment to climate action.

 “It’s a monumental shift that signals the beginning of a new era,” he said.

 York cautioned, however, that it’s only the beginning.

“Now for the hard part—we must work to ensure world leaders meet and exceed their commitments,” he said, “closing the gap between the emissions cuts pledged and those needed to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.”

In other good news this week, the international aviation industry made a commitment to curb emissions starting in 2021. While the sector’s agreement with the United Nations falls short of where it needs to be, it’s a welcome start for an industry that has not been regulated to date.

And, finally, we found climate hope this week with the news that solar power output in Britain exceeded that of coal over a six-month period (April-September), joining a growing number of countries embracing clean energy.

If you live in the U.S., you can help build on this shift to a renewable energy future by switching to clean energy through Arcadia Power—at no extra cost! Not only will you support the expansion of wind power, you’ll benefit PBI at the same.

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