Around five years ago, the governments of the world came together in Paris and pledged that they would take urgent action to deal with the climate emergency. As it has been five years since the event, let us look back and see the progress of that pledge. One thing is very clear in this ordeal: we must stop expanding fossil fuel production and halt the expansion plans. Even though the geopolitical wind is largely unfavorable due to the ongoing global economic and health crisis, we have managed to see some great successes in implementing green solutions in the last five years. Surprisingly, since 2015 the use of solar power has become one of the cheapest forms of electricity, and the cost of electric car batteries also halved down.
Many countries, including Japan, UK, Korea, Denmark, Costa Rica, and China, have committed themselves to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. The United States is also expected to join the ranks very soon. António Guterres, the United Nations secretary-general, has stated that the planet is broken now, and we need extraordinary ambition to avoid dealing with an unprecedented catastrophe. Efforts must be set up to adopt bold, and new approached to ensure that we can deliver the pledge made five years ago.