Personal Commitment to the Paris Agreement1

  1. By making this commitment, I agree to support the Paris Agreement as a “non-party stakeholder.”2

  2. I agree to join the global effort in “holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C.”

  3. I agree to publicly declare and track progress toward my own personal greenhouse gas reduction goal, using my nation's Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) as a minimum target for my own efforts.3

  4. To the extent that I am able, I will actively support and contribute to other efforts detailed in the Paris Agreement; including, but not limited to: increasing the ambition of my reduction targets over time [Article 4]; enhancing carbon sinks [Article 5]; and contributing to adaptation funds and efforts of my choosing [Article 7].

  5. Recognizing that as a “non-party stakeholder” I am particularly equipped to support Article 12 of the Paris Agreement, I will do my best “to enhance climate change education, training, public awareness, public participation and public access to information.”

[1] The Paris Agreement is a 25-page document downloadable here: https://unfccc.int/files/essential_background/convention/application/pdf/english_paris_agreement.pdf.

[2] The term “non-party stakeholder” refers to sub-national constituents with an unofficial interest in the Paris Agreement. This includes states, municipalities, corporations and, by implication, smaller stakeholders such as individuals and families.

[3] The American NDC is to reduce GHG emissions by 26-28% by 2025 from a 2005 baseline. Carbon Brief maintains a nation-by-nation carbon tracker: https://www.carbonbrief.org/paris-2015-tracking-country-climate-pledges