"The most important thing about global warming is this....it's everyone's responsibility to leave this planet in better shape for the future generations than we found it."
-- Mike Huckabee
Over and over, skeptics, regulation-weary industries, and politically minded scientists have done their best to dispute the fact that the change in global temperature is not a natural occurrence. However, after decades of research and speculations, the advancement of technology has allowed us to prove that, without a doubt, climate change is occurring and that we are the ones responsible for this change. One of the most famous representations depicting anthropogenic contribution to global warming is the Keeling Curve. This curve shows the annual readings of CO2 from Mauna Loa,Hawaii since 1958 (read more at http://scrippsco2.ucsd.edu/history_legacy/early_keeling_curve).
Alright, so we are causing climate change…now what? Every person on earth is in some way responsible for global warming, but who will be responsible for making it stop? There is no way for us to tackle this issue in an individual nation-state way. We must cross our borders and come together to solve the issues of climate change. As if this is not difficult enough (what with politics and power getting in the way), I neglected to point out that although we are all responsible for global warming, we do not all share the same responsibility in our total contribution to it.
In 1992, the UNFCCC proposed to handle this difference in responsibility by dividing the COP into two groups, annex one and two. Annex one consisted of developed countries, and annex two were developing countries...