The ocean contributes $1.5 trillion annually
to the global economy and assures the livelihood of 10-12
percent of the world’s population. But there’s another reason to protect marine ecosystems—they’re crucial for curbing climate change.
The Paris Agreement was widely hailed for drawing all nations together to tackle climate change, based on bottom-up contributions that will be reviewed and strengthened over time. These contributions are aimed at achieving the ambitious but necessary long-term goals of limiting global temperature increase and building resilience to climate impacts.
On March 29, Papua New Guinea became the first country to formally submit the final version of its national climate action plan (called a “Nationally Determined Contribution,” or NDC) under the Paris Agreement
. The small Pacific nation’s plan to transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030 is no longer just an “intended” nationally determined contribution (INDC)
– it is now the country’s official climate plan.