The U.S. and China's Climate Change Pact Brings Global Hope

Nov 13, 2014 | written by:

You’ve heard, “If other nations don’t step up, our efforts won’t make a difference,” but now one of the biggest contributors to carbon emissions, China, has proved they are willing to step up with another big polluter, the U.S., to bring a global change and curb greenhouse gas emissions. As of right now, these two nations contribute to approximately 40% of the world’s emissions together.

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In fact, their commitment to this pact proves to be ambitious; based on the agreement, the US will reportedly cut down on emissions by approximately 26% from 2005 levels by 2025. According a statement by the White House, this means that efforts to double the pace on carbon emission reduction will be made during the first five years of this process.

China is doing their part by setting a goal to get 20% of its energy from zero-emission sources by 2030. They plan to do this by investing in nuclear, solar and wind power, according to the White House. These two nations committing and standing together for the climate that we as a planet are ultimately responsible for debunks the statement, “If no other pollution contributing nations are making a change, why should we?”

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This is a big leap for not only our nation, but it has the possibility for a big global climate impact. “When we work together it’s good for the United States, it’s good for China and it’s good for the entire world,” Obama said in the news conference with President Xi Jinping in Beijing, China. Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, who has been active with his voice for the fight against climate change, also voiced his opinion on the deal.

“Today's joint announcement to reduce their nations' carbon emissions is a major step forward in the global effort to solve the climate crisis,” Gore said in a statement, and admitted that much more will be required, but  that “these actions demonstrate a serious commitment by the top two global polluters."

With this breakthrough, we hope that some optimistic change will be seen, or at least help raise awareness that there actually is a problem.

What do you think, will only time tell how this plays out?

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