Target: Jean-Claude Junker, President of the EU
Goal: Thank the EU for ratifying the Paris climate agreement to protect our planet.
Carbon emissions worldwide will be drastically cut after the EU’s ratification of the Paris Agreement, a global action plan to put the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change. The plan was developed by world leaders in 2015, but in order for it to take effect, 55 countries accounting for 55 percent of the planet’s emissions must ratify it. The EU is the world’s third largest polluter, accounting for about 12 percent of global emissions. EU ministers’ agreement to ratify the treaty is the push that was needed — it all but guarantees that the threshold will be reached, allowing the treaty to take effect.
This could not come a moment too soon. Global carbon dioxide levels have permanently passed the 400 ppm barrier as of September, increasing global warming and hurtling us further and further from the climate we’ve known. Many climate scientists predict that if we do not make changes, we could reach the warming threshold outlined in the Paris deal (keeping temperature rises less than 1.5 degrees Celsius ) as soon as 2020. Action must be taken to protect our planet and future generations. The EU has effectively enabled universal action to be implemented by ratifying this treaty. Thank EU ministers for signing the ratification of the Paris agreement.
Dear President Junker,
The EU’s ratification of the Paris agreement is a major accomplishment — a tipping point in the ability of world leaders to take action to protect and preserve our planet. It is ultimately the EU’s ratifying signature that will enable the legal threshold of 55 countries accounting for 55 percent of global emissions to be reached. Without it, these plans could not be implemented and our earth would have an undeniably bleaker future, as the threats of global warming continue to increase. I applaud you and the EU ministers for reaching this agreement, for the betterment of our planet and future generations.
The dangers of climate change are paramount, and the window of time in which we can take action is closing. We have just permanently passed the 400 ppm barrier of global carbon dioxide levels in our air. We are edging right up against the warming threshold of 1.5 degrees Celsius, and this year is set to be the hottest year on record. Although the Paris agreement may not be a permanent, catch-all solution, the benefits of universally decreasing carbon emissions and allowing our planet some recovery cannot be underestimated. I want to thank you and the EU ministers for doing your part to make these changes a reality.
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