Until date, the Kyoto protocol is the largest body that has united the world against global warming. It has a mix of advantages and disadvantages.
- The widespread participation of the protocol clearly helps establish the fact that global warming is a global issue and that every nation must take it seriously.
- Even though the targets of the protocol are criticized to be too ambitious, it still has set the right precedent to follow through and has created the awareness of the issue’s urgency.
- One of the greatest advantages of the protocol over other similar global treaties is its legal status, where all the ratified members have a legal obligation to meet their targets.
- The US has not ratified the protocol to follow its target. However, outside the treaty, the protocol has motivated the government to set its own reduction goals.