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The Paris accords are an unprecedented step towards fighting global climate change. You're welcome.

Over the weekend, for the first time in history countries all over the world united in a single agreement to tackle climate change.

As no doubt all news sources will soon be reporting, the reason for the success of the Paris accords can be attributed entirely to this Funny Or Die video that came out last week:

As reported by People:

Sung by the “hottest conservative pop stars” of our time, including Darren Criss, Jennette McCurdy, Estelle, Emily Osment, Ed Weeks and many more. With lyrics like:

“Don’t fret, the Earth’s not getting warmer,
these temperatures are normal, Rubio agrees.
We’re fine, just a little toasty weather,
To bring us all together, in sunny harmony.”

We anticipate that People will post an update soon giving this Funny Or Die video sole credit for the climate change agreement.

And while People calls this a “spoof” video, clearly there’s nothing funny about denying the scientific evidence supporting climate change. It’s obvious that leaders in Paris saw this video, became worried that even celebrities were succumbing to the misinformation of climate deniers, and made sure to push this agreement through.

Countries must self-regulate to achieve the following measures:

  • To keep global temperatures “well below” 2.0C (3.6F) and “endeavour to limit” them even more, to 1.5C
  • To limit the amount of greenhouse gases emitted by human activity to the same levels that trees, soil and oceans can absorb naturally, beginning at some point between 2050 and 2100
  • To review each country’s contribution to cutting emissions every five years so they scale up to the challenge
  • For rich countries to help poorer nations by providing “climate finance” to adapt to climate change and switch to renewable energy (via BBC)

Citizens of Earth need to pressure their political leaders to adhere to these Paris agreements, lest they go the way of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, an agreement which the United States and other countries backed out of.

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