Mexico continues to be a leader for domestic climate action. On January 29th, President Enrique Peña Nieto began the Climate Change Intersecretarial Commission, which will create a policy agenda for addressing climate change and improved resource management. Just last year, Mexico became the second country to enact national climate change legislation.
In the words of President Peña Nieto, “Climate change is one of the most serious threats to the planet and an enormous challenge for humanity. It’s a phenomenon that doesn’t recognize geographical borders, economic interests or social groups…This is our ethical and moral promise to today’s society and to future generations. And Mexico will be a part of this force.”
The Commission has a 34.5 billion peso ($2.7 billion) budget to lower carbon emissions, manage water resources more effectively, conserve biodiversity and improve recycling. Under Mexico’s national climate change law, the country must reduce its emissions by 30% by 2020 and 50% by 2050.
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