Published: Feb. 2, 2021 By

It is hard to avoid hearing about the Paris Climate Agreement in today’s political environment, but what exactly is it? The Paris Climate Agreement, in short, is an agreement that over 195 nations have signed since 2015 that pledges to lower their carbon emissions in an attempt to fight the effects of climate change that are being experienced globally. This agreement is the first of its kind to generate such a large amount of unity in an attempt for environmental protection and justice.

What is the Paris Climate Agreement?

  • A 32-page document that creates a plan for global action in response to climate change

    • Specifically including the mitigation and adaption to climate change, accurately and transparently reporting emission rates, pledging to strengthen climate goals, and supporting developing nations (Read more about the specific pledges here: Paris Agreement | Climate Action)

  • World leaders of 195 nations signed an agreement of compromises that they promise to implement in order to combat climate change

  • 197 countries have endorsed the Paris Agreement since 2015, almost every nation on Earth

When was the Paris Climate Agreement signed?

  • Signed on December 12, 2015, at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s 21st Conference of Parties (UNFCCC COP 21)

  • President Barack Obama entered the United States into the agreement through executive authority

How does being in the Paris Climate Agreement affect the US?

What We Can Expect in the Future?