The French government is the first one to wholeheartedly approve of the UN climate pact. This shows its sincerity and level of engagement with the present-day concerns afflicting the global village.
The Paris Climate Accord was ratified by the President of France, Francois Hollande. This agreement was reached in December of last year. France is thus the first industrial advanced nation to agree to the stringent conditions laid down in the pact. Hollande said as a corollary that while signing the pact was a swell thing, ratifying it was even better. The president was at the Elysee Palace where a series of state rituals were taking place.
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The environment minister and foreign minister were by his side when the president made the speech which would make history. Other members of the top brass were present on the ocassion too.
The president said that the deal would not be legitimate until at least 55 nations that were responsible for 55% of the global pollution ratify it. That was the cherished goal and more awareness was needed for this objective to be realized. Up until now only 17 states had ratified the agreement, according to Reuters.
Hollande entreated the rest of the European nations to see France as a beacon of hope and follow its example by jumping on the climate conservation bandwagon by the end of 2016.
When the Paris Accord took place last year, at least 195 countries had their representatives and heads of state sign on a document that promised that steps will be taken to curtail greenhouse gas emissions. The target was to scale the temperatures down 2 degrees Celsius when compared to preindustrial levels.
The French government’s efforts took place weeks after the terrorist attacks on Paris. It was a bold step to convene a function which so many national leaders attended due to the constant threat of more terrorist attacks.
The climate deal document also urges the richest nations of the world to lend $100 billion in aid for the betterment of the climate. This scheme will go into operation about four years from now. How it will be made possible is a moot point though.
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The UN-led climate deal is a timely warning that if the global temperatures continue to rise due to rampant pollution, the result will not be pretty. Already 2016 has been the hottest year in all of history and the future may bring more crises with reference to erratic weather patterns and a Nature gone haywire.