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The Good, the Bad and the Kyoto Protocol
Transcript of The Good, the Bad and the Kyoto Protocol
What is the Kyoto Protocol?
- It is an international treaty signed in Kyoto, Japan, on December 11, 1997.
- It commits its members to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions.
- There are 192 State Parties to the Protocol.
How does it plan to address climate change?
- Developed members must reduce GHG emissions.
- Countries must share information, technology and methods with each other.
- Developed members must invest money in promoting new technologies in other countries.
- Developed countries must create national programs to educate people about climate change.
Effects of the Kyoto Protocol
- A second commitment period has continued to today since 2012, however without the participation of Japan, New Zealand, and Russia.
Advantages and Disadvantages
Different groups of people have different ideas as to what aspects of the Protocol are advantages and what aspects are disadvantages.
Canada and the Kyoto Protocol
- Liberals supported the protocol in 1997.
- PM Stephen Harper took office and opposed the imposition of binding targets unless such targets were also imposed on such countries as China and India.
- Withdrawal in 2011.
- The Kyoto Protocol tries to address the imminent threat that Global warming poses to the Human environment.
- However, it does not try to impose on certain countries their duty to the improvement of the environment for the benefit of the current and future populace.
- In addition, this treaty has been used to further the agendas of other people (politicians).
We are gonna talk about...
1. What the Kyoto Protocol is and the history of it.
2. How it plans to address climate change.
3. Effects of the Kyoto Protocol.
4. Advantages and disadvantages.
5. Canada and the Kyoto Protocol.
First commitment: 2008- 2012
Second commitment (Doha Amendment): 2012- present
- 2014, unsuccessful negotiations in Lima.
- China, India, Brazil, Iran, etc. are exempt from any reductions.
- Decrease in GDP and great loss of jobs in developed countries.
- The use of money donated to developing countries is not regulated and can be corrupted.
- The Kyoto Protocol has been influenced by politicians to create a socialist initiative to improve developing economies and not to solve the problem of global warming.
- The main objective of the protocol was, at the beginning, to fight Global warming, a world's major problem, by reducing GHG emissions.
- The first commitment was unsuccessful in reducing GHG emissions. However, it was successful in providing society with information about climate change.