Earth Day 2016 will be remembered as an historic event
Today, the 22nd of April is “Earth Day”. Today 160 countries, representing >60% of global greenhouse gas emissions, will sign the Paris Climate Agreement. Today 160 countries will send a clear signal to market forces that the transition to clean economy is real, inevitable and irreversible
Earth Day originated in the USA back in 1970 with a series of huge rallies involving up to 22 million citizens [insert link]. In their inimitable way the Americans have continued with this date rather than adopt the UN commemorative date. This year will be the year that cements “Earth Day” into the global consciousness as a historic turning point.
The table below summarises the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions being committed to by a selection of the countries that will be signing the Paris Climate Agreement today.
|Country||Proposed Reduction in Emissions||Relative to||Notes|
|Australia||26% – 28%||2005 emissions|
|USA||26% - 28%||2005 emissions|
|Japan||0.26||2013 emissions||Approx. equal to 25.7% relative to 2005|
|New Zealand||0.3||2005 emissions|
|European Union||0.4||1990 emissions||Approx. equal to 37% relative to 2005|
|South Korea||0.37||Relative to forecast “Business as Usual” emissions|
|Indonesia||0.29||Relative to forecast “Business as Usual” emissions|
|China||Propose 60% - 65% reduction in emissions per GDP relative to 2005, with peak emissions by 2030|
|India||Propose 33% - 35% reduction in emissions per GDP by 2030 relative to 2005|
The people at “Earthly Mission” have developed a wonderful graphical representation of the global greenhouse gas footprint, which I have reproduced below [note that this is their work not mine and here is the link to their site http://www.earthlymission.com/]