Has time come for taking action on climate change politically?
“The UK kick-started the Industrial Revolution, which was responsible for economic growth across the globe but also for increasing emissions,” said UK Energy and Clean Growth Minister Chris Skidmore after signing the legislature.
“Today we’re leading the world yet again in becoming the first major economy to pass new laws to reduce emissions to net zero by 2050 while remaining committed to growing the economy - putting clean growth at the heart of our modern Industrial Strategy,” he added.
During her visit to Japan to attend the G20 Summit, UK’s outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May announced that she will push other leaders at the Summit to take more action concerning the climate change impacts.
Meanwhile, Secretary-General of the United Nations said on his official Twitter that world leaders demand to take an immediate action trough green economy offers; however, he added that such economy needs political will.
I’m at the #G20 Summit in Osaka because people around the world are demanding immediate #ClimateAction and inclusive development.— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) June 27, 2019
The green economy offers countless benefits. But to reap them we need rapid transition, deep transformation, and political will.
Th Global warming was mainly caused by the industrial revolution since the 18th century.
According to NASA’s latest data on climate change, the carbon dioxide has currently reached 411 parts per million and the Arctic ice melts by 12.8 percent per decade.
Temperature of the globe increased by 0.85 °C degrees in the period between 1880 and 2012, raising sea level by 19 cm and is expected to increase to 24 and 30 cm by 2065, according to the United Nations facts.
The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a report in October 2018 said that if the world limited the global warming to 1.5°C rather than 2°C would “ensure more sustainable and equitable society.”
Taking legal actions, the United Nations launched in 1992 its Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which aimed to curb the human interference into the climate system. Three years later, Kyoto Protocol which binds the developed countries [the causes of industrial revolution] to cut their shares of global greenhouse gases via investing eco-friendly projects in developing countries.
To accelerate tacking actions on this inevitable issue, world leaders reached Paris Agreement in 2015 to prevent the increase of global warming above 2C by 2100.
In case the world leader did not take an immediate action, the climate change impact would be grave and cause famine to more than 120 million people around the globe, said UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston in a report.
“We risk a ‘climate apartheid’ scenario where the wealthy pay to escape overheating, hunger, and conflict while the rest of the world is left to suffer,” he said.