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Climate Change is Addressed in Paris

196 leaders of countries assembled in Paris for a United Nations meeting to try and create policies that could benefit climate change.

Global and regional climate patterns are continually changing in the world with every season change. But, according to the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, average surface temperatures on Earth are getting higher in every season.

Climate change is creating many issue8191135654_334d79e2f0_os. The Daily News said that alone climate change has worsened California’s drought by 20%. Antartica, Alaska, Texas, the French Alps, the North West Cargo passage off of Antartica, the Pacific Islands, and the Great Barrier Reef all have also been impacted negatively from climate change.

It’s extremely important that the conference is able to create solutions because otherwise there will be many more consequences to come in the future. The economies of the world need to become cleaner and as soon as possible, otherwise climate change effects will cost all of humanity very much in the nearby future.

People need to realize that science does have some credibility in proving that humans are a big part of the problem to climate change. Many people put off the topic of climate change and only categorize it as a small problem that might not even be real. But the fact is climate change is real, and the United Nations wouldn’t be having a huge conference in Paris if it was not the case.

The main mission of this year’s conference is to lower greenhouse gas emissions. France is a leading country in regard to its greenhouse gas emissions and overall a role model for other countries when it comes to energy systems.

During the conferences, the leaders discussed numerous solutions and ideas to create better and more efficient energy systems. They discussed many different energy resources throughout the conference, but the most successful and efficient were talks relating to nuclear, hydroelectric, and wind systems.

Many advocates of clean and renewable energy resources have been protesting a lot more than usual. Record crowds of protestors took the streets in Paris right before the first day of the conference on November 29.

The New York Times reported, “In a major breakthrough, 184 governments have already submitted plans detailing how they will cut their domestic emissions after 2020.” The article also noted, “The agreement is also expected to require countries to return to the table at least once every 10 years with even more stringent emissions reduction pledges.”

Over the next ten years, many countries will begin to start implementing their plans into their economies, and hopefully by 2030, most of them will be almost completely off of natural gasses.

The Act on Climate March in Quebec City, on April 11th, 2015, was led by First Nations to protest governmental inaction on the issue. Main concerns included oil exploitation and transportation by pipeline. My goal with this photograph is to ensure their voices are heard.

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