In december 2015, I was in Paris at the 21st round of international climate talks, where the countries of the world finally signed on to a globally applicable agreement to address the already unfolding climate crisis.
While the international climate process is incredibly important for bringing all countries to the table, at the end of the day what countries actually bring to that table is largely driven by domestic action. One thing that’s unique about the Paris agreement is that the text itself is very honest about its shortcomings. The text recognizes that there is a huge gap between the stated goals of countries and what our current commitments add up to in preventing the worst-case-scenario climate outcomes and protecting the world’s most vulnerable.To close that gap, we’ll need to keep building bottom up pressure for bold action here in The Netherlands and in Africa.
Chairman World Solar Fund