The Paris climate change agreement is now in force. After more than 30 years of talking now is the time for action. I was amazed to think that it is nearly a year since and some others cycled to Paris (or part way) to lobby for a climate change agreement.
What does it mean? It comments the world to trying to limit global temperature rises to 1.5%. It is not binding in this regard but relies on voluntary pledges. However the raising of these pledges is legally binding on the signatories. There are a whole heap of other measures about mitigation and other stuff some of which is binding and and some not.
Its not perfect. So far the pledges are not sufficient to meet a 2% target. However as I have blogged about this week there are big changes in the energy system taking place particularly regarding coal. It is probable that global emissions will start to fall faster than we think, lets hope so anyway. There are lots of challenges ahead, not least the threat of a Trump presidency. Its now time for all of us to play our part, lots of ideas in our book. But for the moment all I can say is “praise the Lord”. I thought this day would never come.