1. Has the Paris Accord now replaced the Kyoto Protocol as the epitome of intern

1. Has the Paris Accord now replaced the Kyoto Protocol as the epitome of international environmental legislation or is it just the latest version/incarnation of an international environmental agreement?
2. Considering international law, should the Canadian Government (as a UN member who signed the Kyoto Protocol) be subject to penalties within the UN for its actions? Considering that the Protocols were ratified in the House of Commons should the politicians who arbitrarily pulled Canada out of Kyoto be held to domestic penalties?
3. Why do you think Canada chose to pass the Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act (KPIA) in the House of Commons in 2007? This action arguably forced Canada to fulfill obligations under the Kyoto Protocol according to Canadian law and International law. In Canada, the Paris Accord has been fully ratified, just like the Kyoto Protocol was; so how might this history of ours impact this new legal commitment?
4. Prior to this assignment were you even aware of the Kyoto Protocol or Canada’s actions in that agreement? How bothered should Canadians be with the U.S. for pulling out of the Paris Accord considering our behaviour in the Kyoto Protocol? Does Canada’s behaviour with the Paris Accord repair our reputation after the Kyoto Protocol?
5. The United States did not sign the Kyoto Protocol and thus were not held to any standards there. The U.S. did sign the Paris Accord but did not fully ratify it. Do you believe that Canada’s reputation should suffer more for having signed, ratified and then withdrawn from Kyoto compared to the U.S. which never signed Kyoto and never fully ratified Paris?
6. If International law is not as legally binding as domestic law, is it right that various countries place moral, economic, and political pressures on countries that do not follow it? Should countries be forced to follow the Kyoto Protocol or the Paris Accord or should they be permitted to act in their own interests despite the fact that these are global issues?
7. Considering that Canada backed out of the Kyoto Protocol and the U.S. backed out of the Paris Accord, are these examples of western nations (specifically North America) putting their own economy and interests ahead of the world environment? What right do we, the western world, have to pollute the international environment for our own gain and what consequences can you foresee for Canada and America in the future if we do not change our position?
8. Are countries obligated to put the world before the interests of their own national people? At what point should the international community step in during situations where the environment is being so violated as to have an international/global impact?
9. Is there ever a time where the international community should have the authority to override sovereign rights for the greater good of the planet or is this idea the same as a sovereign nation infringing upon rights of an individual for the good of the majority?
10. Is it likely that we, as a species/world society, will be successful in impeding environmental degradation or perhaps even reversing the negative environmental effects that we have had on the planet? Take into consideration the state of the world: culture, politics, the economy, communication and cooperation between nations.

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