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World’s ‘poorest’ nations pledge to pursue 100% green energy by 2020

World’s ‘poorest’ nations pledge to pursue 100% green energy by 2020


Representatives from 47 of what could be considered as some of the world’s most “disadvantaged” nations are pledging to go full green and renewable energy by the year 2020.

Countries such as Bangladesh, Ethiopia, and Haiti are pledging to update their national plans in order to cut carbon before 2020. This was done during the Climate Vulnerable Forum this year in Marrakech.

According to BBC, this was welcomed as an “inspirational” move by other delegates. These negotiations have been going on more or less as a reaction to the election of Donald Trump into the US presidency.

In an effort to show that even what could be considered as the world’s “poorest countries” are dealing with global warming, members of the CVF have promised to go full green energy between 2030 and 2050.

The Marrakech Vision promises that the 47 members will be meeting 100-percent renewable energy production as rapidly as possibly while striving to end energy poverty. In turn, this may be able to help protect water and food security, depending on national circumstances.

The countries are also stalwart supporters to keep the global temperature rise this century under 1.5 degrees Celsius, as agreed in the Paris negotiations last year. This is in order to avoid impacts such as hurricanes, typhoons, and droughts.

Part of the Marrakech Vision is to also create long-term plans in order to sustain their climate-cutting pledges. Edgar Gutierrez, Costa Rica’s environment minister, also urged everyone to move toward net carbon neutrality and 100 percent renewable energy.

Of course, it should be considered that much of the progress toward accomplishing these goals depend on the help of richer nations. They have promised to contribute at least $100 billion a year from 2020, as instructed from the Paris climate agreement.

However, if the U.S. pulls out from the agreement, there can be a vast impact on the fund. America haspromised $3 billion from the initial capitalization of the green climate fund, but it has only paid $500 million to date, and President-elect Donald Trump has “promised” that he will stop spending on global warming initiatives.

Anand Gupta Editor - EQ Int'l Media Network


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