Signing landmark Paris climate agreement a fitting tribute to Mahatma Gandhi

India, the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases.

The world is really perturbed with the menace of global warming and the landmark Paris climate change treaty will become a reality and the EU move has taken up appropriate steps towards this end.

Only yesterday, the EU ministers approved the ratification of the landmark Paris Agreement climate change deal, bringing the treaty closer to coming into force.

It was a necessary requirement to make the treaty a reality as the European Parliament must vote on the decision next week so that the treaty could to be formally ratified by the 28-member bloc.

After this, each member state will go through its own ratification process. And, the process is already on as the European Commission spokeswoman Anna-Kaisa Itkonen said that seven EU nations had already ratified the treaty and were aiming to deposit their papers simultaneously with the European Union next week.

India, the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases, has said it will also formally join the Paris agreement Sunday.

Delegates at the first work meeting ahead of the COP21 in Paris on November 29, 2015. Photo credit: twitter.com/COP21
Delegates at the first work meeting ahead of the COP21 in Paris on November 29, 2015. Photo credit: twitter.com/COP21

The agreement will enter into force 30 days after at least 55 countries that account for at least 55% of global greenhouse gas emissions have ratified the Paris Agreement. It will then become almost impossible for countries to back out of it, even if Trump becomes the next US president who finds climate change a hoax.

We have taken a move towards the positive direction as the first threshold has been passed, with 61 countries having ratified the deal, according to the United Nations and together they account for 47.8% of global emissions, falling just over 7% short of the total needed.

That threshold, however, could be passed next week if the ratifications go ahead as foreseen, perhaps joined by that of Canada, another big carbon emitter.

Now, it seems the entire world—both developed and less developed world, both big and small countries have joined hands to curb this menace that humans themselves have created.

That would be a fitting tribute to Mahatma Gandhi also who long time ago had remarked, “The earth has enough to satisfy everyone’s needs, but not their greed.”

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