Nations Gather to Sign Paris Accord on Earth Day

April 21, 2016 (Santa Barbara, CA)
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Santa Barbara, CA – Leaders around the world will gather in New York on April 22 – which is also Earth Day – for a high-level signing ceremony of the Paris Accord, a historic agreement adopted by 195 nations in December 2015 that became the world’s first international climate agreement with goals of limiting greenhouse gas emissions and keeping global temperatures from dangerously rising. In order for the Paris Accord to take full force, the agreement must be signed by at least 55 countries representing 55% of global greenhouse emissions.

The agreement opens for signatures on Earth Day 2016 and nations may sign until April 17, 2017. World leaders and representatives from over 150 countries will gather to sign the global accord at the United Nations in New York this year. The United States and China, which together are responsible for 38% of global emissions, have pledged to sign the agreement and are pushing to bring the Paris climate accord into effect even faster than projections. Time is of the essence.

As world leaders gather to sign the significant Paris Accord, let us dive in together and make this Earth Day, and all those to follow, a day to celebrate climate action and the gifts of life from our ocean planet! Learn how you can help this Earth Day!

About Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society
Ocean Futures Society is a non-profit marine conservation and education organization that serves as a “Voice for the Ocean”. OFS’s mission is to explore the oceans, inspiring and educating people throughout the world to act responsibly for its protection and to celebrate their vital importance to the survival of all life on the planet. One of OFS’s educational program, Ambassadors of the Environment, represents the Society’s commitment to prepare the next generation for the responsibilities they will inherit to manage the planet’s biosphere. For more information, visit the website at