These are the key points of the Paris agreement:
1. Countries have agreed to keep global temperatures below 2.0C (3.6F) above pre-industrial times and limit warming to 1.5C. Scientists advise that 1.5C marks there point where there is a real danger of tipping points in the world’s climate.
2. Countries have agreed to limit the amount of greenhouse gases emitted by human activity to the same levels that trees, soil, and oceans can absorb naturally, and get to “net zero emissions” between 2050 and 2100.
3. Countries have agreed to review each country’s contribution to cutting emissions every five years, so they scale up to the challenge. 187 countries have put forward their plans for how to reduce and curb their emissions beyond 2020, as far out as 2030.
4. Rich countries have agreed to help developing nations by providing “climate finance” to adapt to climate change and transition to renewable energy.
What can you do?
While the 197 countries agree and each of them implements specific measurements to lower greenhouse gas emissions, you can start lowering your carbon footprint by being a conscious consumer. Here are some awesome things you can do:
1. Practice the 5 R’s – Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle.
2. Look for alternatives to driving. When possible, walk or ride your bike to avoid carbon emissions. Carpooling and use public transportation.
3. Purchase energy efficient home appliances. Look for the ones that have the energy star, you won’t only save money but use less electricity.
4. Turn off lights you’re not using and when you leave your home. The ideal will be to add solar panels to the roof of your house.
5. Buy local and eat a more diversified diet including less meat and dairy to reduce your carbon emissions. It has been estimated that 13% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions result from the production and transport of food.
6. Support clean energy sources and advocate for clean alternatives to fossil fuels, such as wind, solar, and geothermal.
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Be healthy, be happy, be the change!