|Greenpeace activists create a solar symbol around a world-famous
Paris landmark, the Arc de Triomphe. |
THE WHEEL of climate action turns slowly, but in Paris it has turned. There’s much in this deal - the so-called Paris Agreement - that frustrates and disappoints me, but it still puts the fossil fuel industry squarely on the wrong side of history.
this deal have been diluted and polluted by the people who despoil our planet, but it contains a new temperature limit of less than 2C degrees.
That single number, and the new goal of net zero emissions by the second half of this century, will cause consternation in the boardrooms of coal companies and the palaces of oil-exporting states and that is a very good thing. The transition away from fossil fuels is inevitable.
The measures outlined simply do not get us there. When it comes to forcing real, meaningful action, Paris fails to meet the moment.
We have a 1.5 degree wall to climb, but the ladder isn’t long enough. The emissions targets outlined in this agreement are simply not big enough to get us to where we need to be.