The Treaty Of The Kyoto Protocol Essay

1904 Words Nov 30th, 2014 8 Pages
Canada was correct in withdrawing from its commitment to reducing emissions under the Kyoto Protocol because it should not have initially ratified the agreement. The responsibility for creating change within Canada has been passed from one government to the next, leading to successive governments failing to even attempt to meet Kyoto targets. With the United States not ratifying the agreement, Canada was at risk to severely damage the national economy by attempting to meet targets. Furthermore, the economic repercussions to design and implement a plan to attempt too meet that targets would have been disastrous. The Kyoto Protocol emerged in 1997 from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UN FCCC), which provided legal and political criteria for international action related to climate change. The UN FCCC was originally signed in 1992 at the Rio Earth Summit, and signatory nations returned to their negotiations in 1995 to discuss human impact on the changing climate (Grubb, Vrolijk, and Brack 1999, xxxiii). The signatories met again in Kyoto, Japan in December 1997, from which the first internationally binding treaty on climate change, the Kyoto Protocol, emerged. The Kyoto Protocol was enacted with the goal of reducing global greenhouse gas emissions by 5% by December 2012. The terms of the agreement came into force in 2005, and efforts to reduce emissions were to commence no later than 2008 (Rollings-Magunsson and Magnusson 2000, 348-9).

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