The most recent scientific evidence suggests that if we do not start taking immediate action, the planet’s average temperature will be 4 °C higher than current levels by the end of the century. The problem is that measures designed to address this reality tend to incur political costs.
Because of this, the Globe International organization has been working since 1989 to unite the efforts of parliamentarians from around the world that have decided to place their commitment with the environment above party interests.
“Despite our political differences, there is one thing over which we cannot be fighting all the time with our parliamentary colleagues, the environment,” explains Barry Gardiner, British parliamentarian and president of Globe International’s board.
Executives and members of the organization met this week in Washington with US legislators and representatives from international organizations such as the World Bank to present their most recent study on the progress made by climate legislation. The study was produced in cooperation with the Grantham Research Institute and the London School of Economics.
The Example of Mexico
The study, presented by Adam Matthews, General Secretary of Globe International, covers 33 countries, 31 of which have passed a specific law on the environment and measures to protect it.
Mexico stands out among them; the first developing country, the only one in Latin America and the second one in the world to have passed a General Law on Climate Change, approved in 2012.