“There’s a cognitive dissonance we’re all in at the moment,” said WRI President and CEO Andrew Steer at a panel he moderated at the Going Green conference in Washington, D.C. “We understandably feel a great satisfaction and joy at the historic Agreement. But at the same time we know it’s not enough. We need to do more. We need to implement.”
For the Paris Agreement to go into effect, 55 countries representing at least 55 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions will have to formally join—so far, 15 nations have signed and also joined by ratifying the Agreement. But leaders from the European Union, United States and Colombia said they’re moving forward with the Agreement even before they officially join it.
At a panel discussion at the Going Green conference, EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete, U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Jonathan Pershing, and Colombian Director for Economic, Social and Environmental Multilateral Affairs Andrea Guerrero Garcia revealed key climate actions each country is already taking, as well as what’s needed in the long term to reach the goals of the Paris Agreement. The conference was held in tandem with Climate Action 2016, the largest gathering of climate actors since COP21 in Paris.
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