Trump signals Paris climate agreement resignation notice
In the United States, environmentalists are pressuring states, cities and businesses to cut emissions and turn to renewable energy sources like solar and wind power. Hundreds of local governments and businesses have pledged emissions a movement called We Are Still In, which hopes to show the world that Americans are behind the Paris Agreement even though the administration is not.
These so-called pledges from subnational governments are voluntary and there is no agreed way to calculate how far their efforts collectively go against President Barack Obama’s pledge to cut emissions by around 28% from the lower level. to 2005 levels by 2025.
“Cities, states and businesses have not had a formal place at the negotiating table, but the Paris Agreement has succeeded in large part because their voices have been heard, and they will take us forward to that we have a president who will face the climate. and put the health and safety of the public first, ”Michael Bloomberg, billionaire philanthropist and former mayor of New York City, said in a statement.
Mr. Bloomberg has started America’s engagement, an initiative to track efforts by cities, states and businesses in the United States to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. On Monday, he also announced that mayors, governors, CEOs and environmental officials would host a US Climate Action Center in the next round of climate negotiations to take on the role that the US delegation would have played.
These efforts are developing internationally. As the Paris Agreement focused on national governments, Ms Tubiana said the actions of states, provinces, businesses and others were driving some of the most concrete changes. The challenge, she said, would be to find ways to turn all those commitments into a system capable of reducing global emissions.
“Whatever happens on the US side, even if a Democratic candidate is elected, we have to prepare to have a structure,” she said.