10 Years to Save Our Climate: Can We Do It?

“This is a moral imperative, an economic imperative, a moment of peril, but also a moment of extraordinary possibilities. Time is short but I believe we can do this and I believe we will do this.”

“This new target gives us significant leverage to push for climate action abroad,” said one White House official. “Every ton of reductions achieved in the United States has a multiplier effect in inspiring climate action overseas.”

Make no mistake: 2021 is a “make or break year” warned UN Secretary General, António Guterres: “Decision makers must walk the talk. If this task was urgent before, it’s crucial now.”

And, this highlights the central weakness behind America’s pledge: unlike targets set by both the EU and UK, it is not enshrined in law.

Moreover, unlike China which has the luxury to draw up ten year plans and stick to them, the US is beset by short-term political cycles and a belligerent opposition party which largely denies the science behind climate change.

Biden’s climate envoy John Kerry said he hoped that 2021 will be the year when nations across the globe make a decisive shift towards clean energy in a transformation which will rival the Industrial Revolution: “This is the greatest moment of transformation of our economy in our lifetime.”

--

--

--

Aiko Stevenson is a freelance writer from Hong Kong. She has a Masters from the University of Edinburgh, and has worked at the BBC, Bloomberg, CNN, CNBC Europe

Love podcasts or audiobooks? Learn on the go with our new app.

Recommended from Medium

Are Unmanned Aerial Vehicles the Future?

Climate Change, Economics and Species Survival

Jumpstarting a Clean Energy Revolution in Congress

UTOPIA OR DEATH: WOULDN’T IT BE NICE TO LIVE IN A GLOBAL PEACE ECONOMY?

We should be buying more carbon offsets

The photo that is making the world cry — Climate Changes are real!!

Are You an Eco Conscious Gardener? Five Easy Steps to Sustainable Gardening

Butterfly on flowers

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Aiko Stevenson

Aiko Stevenson

Aiko Stevenson is a freelance writer from Hong Kong. She has a Masters from the University of Edinburgh, and has worked at the BBC, Bloomberg, CNN, CNBC Europe

More from Medium

Reframing the past to create a new future

What Happens To Returned Holiday Gifts?

Way More Than Just Science

Finding Nemo? More Like Finding Corals.