The 20th of January was by far a momentous day for the environmental plight. Joe Biden was inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States. In his inauguration speech, he highlighted the importance of “a climate in crisis” and the steps he will take to fight the climate crisis. The first point of call being rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement, an international pact to limit global temperatures to 1.5˚C above pre-industrial times. Biden emphasises the importance of achieving net zero emissions to tackle climate change, with the proposal of a ‘Clean Energy Revolution’ and environmental justice.
Later this year, Glasgow will host the annual COP (Conference of the Parties) – the 26th United National Climate Change Conference. This summit will bring nations together to accelerate the action towards climate change and review the targets previously set, such as net zero emission targets. With the return of the US within the Paris agreement, this will aid the global collaborative approach to reach net zero emissions.
Hosting the National Climate Change conference in Britain presents further encouragement and an ideal platform for the UK Government to accelerate their aspirations at home as well as on the international stage via post Brexit trading opportunities aligned to the Green Economy aspirations recently announced by the Prime Minister.