Australia joined the Paris Agreement on climate change in November 2016, following a period of intense international negotiations. The Paris Agreement is a landmark deal signed by 195 countries that commits signatories to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
Australia`s participation in the Paris Agreement was a significant milestone in the country`s efforts to address climate change. As one of the largest contributors to global greenhouse gas emissions on a per capita basis, Australia had previously faced criticism for its lack of action on climate change.
However, the decision to join the Paris Agreement was not without controversy. Some commentators raised concerns about the feasibility of Australia`s emissions reduction targets, while others called for greater action on issues such as renewable energy and carbon pricing.
Despite these challenges, Australia has remained committed to the Paris Agreement and has continued to take steps to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. This has included investing in renewable energy, implementing energy efficiency measures, and developing emissions reductions targets for key sectors such as transport and agriculture.
As a country vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, such as rising sea levels, extreme weather events, and water scarcity, Australia has a crucial role to play in global efforts to address this issue. By joining the Paris Agreement and taking concrete steps to reduce emissions, Australia is demonstrating its commitment to a sustainable and prosperous future for all.