In a world where more and more of us are growing concerned about climate change and the effects we are having upon the planet around us, the UN Climate Change Conference is a regular event which is followed with increasingly fervent interest. With news that carbon emissions do not yet appear to be slowing despite targets having been set otherwise, and with US President Donald Trump having turned his back on the Paris Climate Change Agreement in recent months, it seems that those who are genuinely invested in protecting the planet are fighting to do so more than ever before.
The UK, even amid Brexit – which has swallowed up much of the international headlines in recent days – is still chiefly concerned with trying to become a ‘green leader’. They have taken steps to further this plan by bidding to become the host of the UN conference in 2020, which The Guardian suggests is set to be the biggest and most important since the Paris Agreement in 2015. This is because 2020 had previously been set as a deadline of sorts for countries to have worked together towards reducing CO2 in our atmosphere – however, as stated, these deadlines seem to be slipping away from us.
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The UK’s climate change minister, Claire Perry, attended environmental commitments in Poland in recent days – just hours after Prime Minister Theresa May survived a vote of no confidence. Her attendance was made in an effort to promote the UK’s ongoing efforts to reduce plastic waste and to create thousands of jobs with a focus on low-carbon. “We have a really good track record in the UK,” Perry advised.
“We have to make sure we can deliver a good COP (Conference of Parties) – as 2020 will be a really vital COP – and we absolutely want to be part of that process.”
COP hosting duties, which change hands year on year, are offered to a variety of both developed and developing nations. Bids for 2019’s hosting appear to be contested currently between both Costa Rica and Chile after Brazil recently declined to host. As Donald Trump has started untying the US from the Paris Agreement, it is also unclear quite where the US will stand in attending in years to come.
While the UK is still very much focused on Brexit – it appears that there are still efforts to propel its influence in other important areas of note on a global basis.
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