Heads of governments from countries of the UN are coming together for the two-week Paris Climate Change Convention. The 21st Conference of Parties is committed to the, “stabilisation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system”. The natural CO2 produced by the ocean and vegetation balance each other out, but the added load of the CO2 that is industrially produced is what is trapping the heat on the planet surface, also known as, “greenhouse gases.”
Although no nation objects to fixing the issue by keeping temperature under 2°C above pre-industrial times, developing nations are take issue with the elimination of burning fossil fuels. Since richer countries, such as the United States, have had access to fossil fuels for far longer, they were able to strengthen their economy through industrial revolutions. Nations with higher levels of poverty, such as China and India, argue that this is unfair to them, because they using fossil fuels for their industry could help people out of poverty, and lead to a stronger economy.
In a matter of this importance, experts recommend everyone should consider the clothes they wear, the food we eat, and the transportation they take, to see its affect on the environment. Although it is impossible to reverse the damage of hundreds of years of burning fossil fuels, one trip to the thrift store or eating local food can make a small difference. Hopefully, after the two weeks of COP21, an agreement will be reached by the UN that gives hope to developing nations, while also limiting the emission of greenhouse gases of the developed nations.