Today the BBC wrote about a meeting of the Climate Vulnerable Forum. In it, the group strongly defended the Paris Climate Agreement. The group of 48 countries is especially concerned because the United States has threatened to pull out of the agreement.
Not surprisingly, many of the most vulnerable countries are also home to elephants – countries like Cambodia, Kenya, and the DRC. As I’ve written in a few posts, one of the main reasons elephants are endangered is climate change. Many elephants have died from severe drought and others have moved into human populated areas searching for food (thus increasing human-elephant conflict). Climate change has increased the number of those turning to poaching to make a living, after family farms have faced extreme hardships. Climate change has also created human conflict over resources, leading to war and famine. In such dire circumstances, obviously the fate of elephants and conservation do not receive much consideration.
The Paris agreement had modest goals, and as the Climate Vulnerable Forum said the fate of one billion plus people depends on international cooperation. One piece of good news from the forum is that some countries are trying to go above and beyond the goals to reduce emissions.
At the last major conference of negotiators in Marrakech last November, members of the CVF committed themselves to moving towards 100% renewable energy as soon as possible.
“Costa Rica produces 100% renewable energy most of the year,” said William Calvo, the country’s adjunct chief negotiator.
“But we won’t stop there: we are tackling now the transport sector and hope to even export renewable power more widely in the region.”
The idea that other countries are capable of picking up the slack if the Americans pull out of Paris gained support this week with the release of an analysis showing that India and China are likely to overshoot existing targets to cut carbon.