G7 leaders, including Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, pledged to phase out the use of fossil fuels by 2100 and limit global warming to under two degrees Celsius. They didn’t bother to explain how the advanced economies would meet their goal, but said they are “striving for a transformation in the energy sectors.”
The media is hailing the G7 meeting as a big success, mostly for its host, Angela Merkel. The gathering was held at the scenic Schloss Elmau resort (pictured above) at the foot of Germany’s tallest mountain, the Zugspitze.
According to Reuters, on Monday the group released a communique after a two-day meeting to discuss climate change strategies.
“We commit to doing our part to achieve a low-carbon global economy in the long-term, including developing and deploying innovative technologies striving for a transformation of the energy sectors by 2050.”
The climate pledge reestablished Merkel’s credentials as the “Climate Chancellor,” despite fears that Japan and Canada would sabotage her efforts.
The countries went on to promise more support for developing countries, such as more access to renewables for Africa and increased aid to help alleviate the negatives effects of a warming world.
Green groups cheered the announcement.
The environmental NGO Greenpeace explained, “the vision of a 100 percent renewable energy future is starting to take shape.”
Jamie Henn from the climate change group 350.org said, “The conversation has shifted to a discussion about how to decarbonize the entire global economy.”
“World leaders have pointed to the destination, but there’s a lot more to be done on how we’re actually going to get there.”
Still, some wonder about the missing details.
Samantha Smith from the World Wildlife Fund explained the plan will take a lot of hard work, according to the National Journal.
“To achieve a transformation of each country’s energy sector will take hard work, and it will have to start immediately. That’s not something you can put off.”
She added, “We think that pledge is really important.”
The climate pledge also gives momentum to the upcoming climate change meeting in Paris. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, the goal of that summit to set hard, enforceable targets to restrict CO2 emissions. It will also feature the Pope, who will be putting his moral weight behind the cause of preventing climate change.
The G7 countries will likely have to take drastic action in the near future to prevent the worst effects of climate change. Scientists claim that human civilization is still on course to blow past the two degrees Celsius global warming limit. The climate pledge is a good start for environmental groups, but now severe actions will be needed to back it up.
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