The world moves closer to beating climate change

On Tuesday night, the European Parliament made a decision that brought the world a step closer to beating climate change.

Europe agreed that it would ratify the Paris Agreement. That’s the agreement on climate change drafted at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, which was attended by 195 nations, including Australia.

For the agreement to come into force, it had to be ratified by a minimum 55 nations responsible for at least 55% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. That threshold has been crossed with Tuesday’s parliamentary decision by the nations of the European Union.

There is now a 30 day waiting period before the Paris Agreement comes into force.

The Paris Agreement commits much of the world to reducing the impact of climate change by keeping the global temperature rise well below two degrees above pre-industrial levels.

Victoria is already taking action on climate change through TAKE2. It’s Victoria’s collective effort to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The State Government will enshrine that target in legislation in 2017. But through TAKE2 it is already acting.

It is now mandatory for all Victorian Government departments to pledge to reduce their emissions.

Delivered by Sustainability Victoria, the TAKE2 pledge initiative calls on all Victorians – including business, local government, community service organisations, educational institutions and individuals – to pledge to cut their emissions.

TAKE2 provides support and ideas on emissions reduction and promotes the climate change efforts of TAKE2 pledgers, in the hope of inspiring even more Victorians to strive for a low carbon future.

Be part of the global solution to climate change.TAKE2 today.