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Words on the global climate pact

Applause, applause! After two weeks of intense negotiations, a global climate agreement has been finalised in Paris on Saturday, 12 December 2015. For the first time in history (yep, take it in for a moment) all the world’s nations have made a pact. A pact to commit all countries to cut carbon emissions. The key elements:

  • To keep global temperatures ‘well below’ 2.0C and to do their very best to limit it to 1.5C.
  • To limit greenhouse gas emissions asap. At some point in the second half of this century it should be at the same levels that trees, soils and oceans can absorb naturally.
  • To review each country’s progress every five years so they can scale up the challenge.
  • To support developing countries by providing ‘climate finance’ so all of us can all switch to renewable energy.

In the meantime, a tiny country on the other side of the planet already made the transition we’re all aiming for, making the switch to renewables look like a picnic. In less than a decade, Uruguay slashed its carbon footprint without government subsidies AT ALL.

According to the WWF, ‘Uruguay is defining global trends in renewable energy investment.’ The country gets 94.5% of its electricity from renewables. FOR REAL. José Mujica was president of Uruguay from 2010 to 2015. He advocates a philosophy of life focused on sobriety: learn to live with what is necessary and fairest. During IDFA 2015, we were amazed by HUMAN and their interview with José. Our favourite quote?

“What I do recommend is that we stop wasting resources on useless things, on luxurious houses that require six servants to maintain. What good is it? We can live much more modestly. We can spend our resources on things that are really important for everyone.”

José for president! Oh, well. Let’s all watch this video.