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Paris Agreement: Climate Scorecard launches Global Spotlight Project

Climate Scorecard on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 launched the Global Spotlight Project aimed at helping the Paris Agreement achieve its important goals.

Jubilation greeted the adoption of the Paris Agreement in December 2015 in Paris, France. Photo credit: unfccc.int

According to Climate Scorecard Co- Founders, Ron Israel or Lois Barber, the campaign is launched against the background of recent scientific studies that suggest that existing country pledges to the Paris Agreement are insufficient to prevent the planet from exceeding the 2 degree Celsius global warming tipping point.

They pointed out that the Global Spotlight Project supports citizen and organisational-based efforts to advocate that countries fully comply with and strengthen their Paris Agreement pledges.

“The campaign provides citizens around the world with monthly News Briefs and Action Alert messages about what countries are or are not doing to further their commitment to the Paris Agreement. The Global Spotlight Project seeks to form a global alliance of civil society, business, and policy research organisations, working together to persuade leading greenhouse gas emitting countries to strengthen their Paris Agreement pledges,” Israel and Barber noted.

In conjunction with the Global Spotlight Project, a new Climate Scorecard website is now live. The site is designed to engage citizens around the world in advocating for countries to increase their compliance with Paris Agreement goals and objectives.

“If we want to prevent climate change from causing irreparable damage to our planet, all countries must fully implement and strengthen their nationally determined contributions pledges to the Paris Agreement,” said Israel and Barber.

The Paris Agreement’s aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

The Paris Agreement entered into force on November 4, 2016.

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