Nicaragua, the only nation to hold out on the Paris Climate Accord besides warn-torn Syria, has this month submitted the relevant documentation to formally include itself in the Paris Climate Pact. The announcement that the nation will be signing on adds to the historic nature of the agreement, unprecedented in scope, and now unanimous worldwide.
The small central American nation initially rejected the accord in 2015 on the grounds that the agreement did not go far enough to halt climate-changing emissions. While the country maintains its stance that more stringent measures are needed to combat global climate change it has agreed that the Paris Climate Accord represents a colossal step forward in cooperative global action to curtail anthropogenic climate change.
With more than 200 nations signed-on, the Paris Climate Accord is the single biggest initiative aimed at a positive curtailing of global emissions levels.
While nearly every nation on earth has already in some form agreed to the accord, Nicaragua’s decision to enter the agreement is uniquely valuable in that it represents a now fully global consensus that we as a species are willing to tackle this problem. The now unanimity of the accord represents a monumental shift in the world’s mindset; that it is truly possible to make a global effort to address this most serious issue of our time. Furthermore, it represents a total consensus on the importance and validity of human-driven climate change.
Although the tenants of the Paris Climate Accord do not in themselves provide a total solution they are the solid cornerstone upon which new agreements will be built. Now that the world has fully given its consent to moving forward on combating climate change the foundational understanding that human beings are ready to tackle climate change is as unshakable as possible.
The next round of United Nations climate talks will be held month in Germany, undoubtedly the now unanimous nature of the Paris Climate Accord will help to ensure successful negotiations to make real progress on addressing how human beings will curtail our emissions and focus on a greener, more sustainable future.
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