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Blog 3 – Climate Change Series – Paris Deal:Leaders of 187 countries stamping on the need to take action

Hello, before we go to the details of the Paris Climate Conference 2015, we may summarize its result as a first-ever confluence of global political will to acknowledge and tackle Climate Change.

If leaders of 187 countries are stamping on the importance to act on Climate Change, how can you and me still deny it?

This is quite significant…but action is more important.

Coming over to the details…Signed on December 12, 2015 with United Nations taking the charge, 187 countries came together to commit global average temperature rise to 1.5 degree Celsius before Pre-industrial level in the Paris Climate Conference, (also called COP21)

A series of fund-raising pledges by countries and cutting down of global emissions have been agreed to. Salient points are as follows:

  1. Long-term global goal for ‘net-zero emissions’ – The time-frame agreed to for this global pledge is second half of this century. However, the significance of this lies in the fact that a clear economic message has been passed on to the markets, hopefully driving action.
  2. Pledges of cut in carbon emissions- Although not legally binding, 187 countries have submitted this pledge (Intended Nationally Defined Contributions, or INDCs)
  3. Stock-taking every five years – First global stock-taking in 2023, and then after every five years to stay firmly on track
  4. Funds – Members in a non-legal way, are required to mobilize funds to help developing countries to adapt to climate change and move on to cleaner economy.

(Source: Source: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/dec/12/paris-climate-deal-key-points#img-2)

Well, no strict deadlines…no fixed fund flow from one country to another…but a clear realization that Climate Change is Real, and we need to act as One. Action of one not only affects that country but the world as a whole…and so the Paris Agreement…

A step in the right direction…!

In the next few blogs, discussion on the urgency to Act, several ways in which we as individuals can be a part of Solution, the Waste Connection to Climate change……..

……………Please come back for more…Thanks for reading!

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(Source: Source: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/dec/12/paris-climate-deal-key-points#img-2)

 

 

 

 

 

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Food for thought: 1. Almost 80 per cent of all products sold in the world end up as waste within six months of purchase. 2. The average plastic bag takes one second to make, is used for around 20 minutes and takes … Continue reading

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Tree Planting – Most cherished eco-friendly activity of mine, finally accomplished!

Tree Planting - Most cherished eco-friendly activity of mine, finally accomplished!

Me and my little one – two generations into planting a tree!

Planting tree with my 4-year old kid!

Am I ‘Green’ enough?

I sometimes go to obsessive levels to do something I believe in. Regarding environmental conservation, my family members sometimes point it out! Though it does not dampen my spirit and resolve to be ‘green’, I do feel the need to be a ‘smart, easy-to-follow champion’ of Greenness, rather than a ‘compulsive environment enthusiast’, if you understand where I am coming from…!

Now I want to list out all things I do on a day-to-day basis, with a view to promote sustainability…Being a home-maker, let me start from the kitchen and then move on to other activities…

  1. I regulate tap flow to optimize water use.
  2. I plug-out most of the appliances in kitchen (and elsewhere also like laptop, tv etc), after their use, and surely at night
  3. I try to segregate plastic and paper waste from normal household waste, and periodically, dump the collection in the appropriate recycle bins.
  4. If I have a choice, I pick up food items from departmental store, with basic packaging.
  5. For shopping, I mostly carry ‘reusable bags’ to minimize use of ‘single-use’ bags.
  6. Also I do bulk-shopping (weekly, fortnightly, or monthly as the need be) for non-perishables to avoid daily trips, and reduce use of shopping bags and packaging material.
  7. We use AC in our home only when necessary, otherwise use fans.
  8. We teach our little one, the importance of saving water and power and recycling waste.

Now, what do you think? Am I ‘Green enough’…obsessive…or can do more?

Thanks for reading!