Climate change has been a persistent issue globally that affects human beings and nature as a result of the long-term alteration of temperature and typical weather patterns in a place. The cause of the current climate change is largely human activity, like burning fossil fuels, such as natural gas, oil, and coal. To make the world a better place, some leading companies and organizations are doing what they can to help by vowing to take the Climate Pledge.
The Climate Pledge website states that “extreme temperatures are fast becoming the norm. Antarctic ice sheets are melting faster, and the ocean is warming quicker than predicted.” In order to change this, Climate Pledge’s aim is to use the aid of companies and organizations “to be net zero carbon across their businesses by 2040.” There has been an uproar of disputes against the progress of the improvement to the environment and more people are becoming aware of the severity of climate change.
Recently, President Joe Biden’s pledged to double the money the U.S. will spend on helping the poorer nations fight climate change is drawing a mixed response from environmentalists. Although Biden stated he would double the spending to $5.7 billion, he then also promised to “double that number again,” bringing the nations commitment to a total of $11.4 billion by the year of 2024. There needs to be a mutual agreement with Congress and other countries to now firmly stick by their agreement with their own climate ambitions.
Chinese leader Xi Jinping mentioned how China will not build new coal-fired power projects in response to the United Nations Climate Change pledge. To learn more about the 201 companies and organizations that have taken the pledge click here.
Climate Pledge is using resources we have already to make the world better and safer for us to live in, but also for the future generation. As implied on NBC News, the creators of the Climate Pledge also added that it “cannot do this alone,” highlighting our role to create change individually.
We all need to do our part.
By Emmanuella Alausa, Bishop Thomas Grant High School, London