When a record-breaking 175 nations signed the Paris Agreement at the UN ceremony on April 22, Earth Day 2016 officially became one for the history books. But with a whole bunch of technical and official-sounding terms flying around, it’s not always immediately clear exactly what’s next with the Paris Agreement and why it’s the biggest step the world has made in solving climate change. Continue reading
The Inside Story of the Paris Climate Agreement and its importance for Earth Day.
April 22nd is celebrated as the International Mother Earth Day. In addition to this, a high-level signing ceremony, convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, took place as a first step in implementing the Paris Climate Agreement, which was adopted in Paris, France, on 12 December 2015. Continue reading
Nigeria ranks 133rd out of the 180 countries surveyed for the 2016 environmental performance index. The Environmental Performance Index (EPI) provides a global view of environmental performance and country by country metrics to inform decision-making. The EPI was launched at the World Economic Forum, is in its 15th year and more relevant than ever to achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and carrying out the recent international climate change agreement. Continue reading
As a climate activist, maybe you’re at an office holiday party and your coworkers are enjoying the eggnog a little too much. Before you know it, the questions about our climate begin. Or maybe you’re at a family dinner and your brother-in-law asks, “But if there’s a snowstorm outside, can the climate really be warming?” Continue reading
Do you know the power of water and jobs? Actually, this power can be seen everywhere as water is essential to life. Also, nearly all jobs require water either directly or indirectly. To make the most of this and get people to be aware of the importance, the World Water Day 2016 would be on water and jobs. Continue reading
Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft, is in the list of billionaires who engage in projects focused on environmental issues, and he is certainly not alone. As part of the United Nations’ climate talks in Paris (November 30 to December 11, 2015), Gates will announce the creation of a multibillion-dollar clean energy fund allocated for the development of and research on clean energy. Together with Gates, developed and developing nations will launch the Clean Tech Initiative. Countries will pledge that by 2020, they will double their budget and research on the development of clean technology. Private companies will also increase their investments in the clean energy fund. Continue reading