After four years of absence, America has officially announced its intention to rejoin the Paris Agreement. This move is a significant step towards a greener future and preserving our planet for future generations. The Paris Agreement is an international accord to address climate change by reducing global greenhouse gas emissions and limiting the global temperature increase to well below 2 degrees Celsius.
The Paris Agreement was adopted on December 12, 2015, by 196 parties at the 21st Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). In November 2016, the United States, then led by President Barack Obama, formally joined the agreement. However, in June 2017, the Trump administration announced its intention to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, making the United States the only country in the world to do so.
Upon becoming president, Joe Biden immediately made it clear that rejoining the Paris Agreement would be among his top priorities. He signed an executive order on his first day in office, initiating the process to rejoin the agreement. On February 19, 2021, the United States officially submitted its notification to rejoin the Paris Agreement.
This decision by America is significant in many ways. The United States is one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases, and its withdrawal from the Paris Agreement was a significant setback in the global fight against climate change. By rejoining, America is committing to significantly reduce its carbon emissions and work with other countries to tackle climate change.
Rejoining the Paris Agreement will also have economic benefits. The shift towards clean energy presents great opportunities for job creation and economic growth. By investing in renewable energy and other clean technologies, America can become a global leader in the transition to a low-carbon economy.
The Paris Agreement is a critical step towards a more sustainable future. Its goals are ambitious, but achievable, if countries work together and take decisive action. America`s decision to rejoin sends a message of hope and unity to the world that we can rise to the challenge of climate change and build a more prosperous and sustainable future for all.