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Active Voice: Paris Climate Accord and ACSM's ActivEarth

from By David R. Bassett, Jr., Ph.D., FACSM

Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

David R. Bassett, Jr., Ph.D., FACSM, is chairperson of ACSM's ActivEarth Task Force and a professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport Studies at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He has examined data on the use of walking, cycling and public transit in various countries and cities, and studied their relationship to rates of obesity and diabetes.

The 2015 United Nations Climate Change conference was held in Paris, France, from November 30 to December 12. The resulting Paris Climate Accord is a historic agreement involving 195 countries. For the first time, all countries have agreed to a long-term, lasting framework to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.

Worldwide, temperatures have already increased by one degree Celsius, compared to pre-industrial levels. The goal of the climate accord is to ensure that temperatures increase no more than two degrees Celsius. To that end, developed countries have committed to reducing their carbon footprints and providing financial assistance to developing countries through a climate donor fund. Developing countries are encouraged to limit their growth in emissions and reduce it over time. more

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