Dear World Leaders: Sign the Paris Agreement on Earth Day!

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Dear World Leaders: Sign the Paris Agreement on Earth Day!

In December 2015, representatives from 195 countries reached a landmark global agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that could avert a climate catastrophe. On April 22—Earth Day—U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is hosting a signing ceremony in New York. It’s a chance to celebrate a new direction for the planet and for world leaders to publicly show their countries’ commitment to climate action.

One problem: Many world leaders haven’t sent in their RSVPs.

To sign on to the agreement, national leaders can show up to the Earth Day ceremony or send their approvals from their home countries any time between Earth Day and next April. For the agreement to be enacted, at least 55 countries need to approve—a number that represents 55 percent of emissions.

We have good news! The U.S. and China recently issued a joint statement confirming they will sign the Paris Agreement later in April. Want to encourage other world leaders to uphold their pledges to sign the Paris Agreement?

Join The Climate Reality Project in pressing world leaders to attend the signing ceremony on Earth Day, April 22, in New York City.
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David Pike, Editor