It’s an historic day in Paris and around the world.
Governments adopted a global agreement that asks all countries to reduce or rein in their greenhouse gas emissions.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius announced the agreement today.
More than 190 countries had been negotiating the pact for four years.
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The 31-page draft, called the Paris Agreement was released this morning and it eventually caps the increase in global average temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
This is the first time all countries took part in this type of accord.
Only countries considered “rich” took part in the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, and the U.S. never signed on.
Canadian sustainability expert in favour early
At least one Canadian is in favour of the drafted agreement.
“I’m absolutely thrilled, for someone like me who’s been involved in this for close to two decades, it’s very exciting.”
Corporate sustainability expert Mike Gerbis was at the Paris Climate Change conference and says the global pact is an historic step forward.
“Being someone who’s been involved for 20 years, this is a step forward. I want to focus on the positives of the agreement. That you’ve managed to get 195 countries to agree on something and it’s pointing us in the right direction.”
He says the historic global pact is a step forward.
“It really sends a signal to the world that we’re beginning a new path, and that means opportunity, a new way of thinking, new jobs, new innovation, new investments, and really, a better world for our children.”
The legally binding agreement sets a goal of moving away from carbon-based fuels and limiting the rise in global temperatures within 2 degrees Celsius.