Our coastlines and cities are already under threat of rising seas and more intense storm events, and the natural systems we rely on for food and prosperity are declining. Although the scientific community has tracked the rise of CO2 concentrations in our atmosphere for decades and warned of its consequences, little progress has been made to mitigate the crisis.
World leaders united around a goal to mitigate climate change.
In 2015 a historic event took place as world leaders convened at the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) and forged an agreement to limit the global average temperature increase above pre-industrial levels to “well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C.”1
The Paris agreement sent a powerful message to businesses and governments worldwide: