Some people might deny it. Some people might agree with it, yet the truth is that climate change is a reality, a scientific fact no one can turn their eyes away from. Our planet is experiencing a rapid change that has risen its global temperature affecting life and altering the ecosystem.
Climate change can be understood as an alteration in Earth’s climate. Small changes like when a place that usually does not get snow starts getting some, a change in the timing of flowering, or a variation in the intensity of storms, indicate a change in Earth’s climate. Since the beginning of time, Earth’s climate has always been changing. However, this process takes millions of years to happen.
According to scientists from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the Earth’s climate is undoubtedly getting warmer at a faster rate than they had expected. The IPCC agreed that humans have a strong effect on climate and that we can change it too by continuing to live our regular daily lives without taking conscious of the harm that we could make. This has already caused the Earth’s global temperature to rise resulting in ice melting, oceans’ levels rising, and eventually, the extinction of some flora and fauna species.
It is worth mentioning that the IPCC is the leading international organization that reviews and assesses recent scientific, socio-economic, and technological investigations that provide an understanding of climate change. Thus, it is an impartial body that only seeks to provide the world with objective facts on climate change.
As well as the IPCC, where several international scientists participate, the Paris Agreement also seeks to strengthen the global response towards climate change. The Paris Climate Agreement opened for signature on 22nd April 2016 – on Earth Day – with the aim of enhancing the ability of countries to deal with the impacts of climate change. In order to achieve their goals, the Paris Agreement requires financial investment and new technology that will be supporting developing countries in their fight for embracing a more eco-friendly way of living, thus creating a possible global solution towards climate change.
The United States was one of the first countries to join the Paris Agreement. But under Trump’s administration, the country will no longer participate. Trump has been known for his draconian methods to govern the USA. Under the premise that the Paris Agreement was harming rather than benefiting his country, Trump decided to withdraw from the Paris Agreement with the excuse that he will seek a better arrangement for the country; one that will beneficiate them, as he said: “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris”, showing that we might have actually missed on what the Paris Agreement is all about.
As a response after Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement on Thursday 1st June, French president Emmanuel Macron launched “Make our planet great again”. It is a global project that seeks to enforce the global response towards climate change. Macron invites all responsible citizens who want to create a global impact to go and work for the French government and told everyone that in France they will find a second home.
On the website, you can find all the necessary information you need in case you might want to move to France to participate in the project – and let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want to wake up to a mouth-watering croissant and go to bed with a nice glass of Bordeaux.
“Make our planet great again” is an inclusive avant-garde project as Macron is not only looking for new ways to help our planet, but he is also welcoming everyone to join him and move to France. An initiative that other countries should definitely follow. Macron is doing exactly the opposite of Trump’s administration, as he is removing frontiers and seeking for new ways to clean the environment.
In a time when borders are being built, the far right is gaining force and xenophobic attitudes are becoming the norm, Macron’s project is a ray of hope that another world is possible. Whether you agree with his politics or not, “Make our planet great again” is an inspiring project and a reminder that together we can help the Earth.
That is why I would like to finish with this quote that beautifully summarises our duty with the planet:
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