America has joined Nicaragua and Syria as the only three countries outside the Paris Accord agreement on protecting the climate. In June, the 45th president decided to walk away from the US’s involvement in committing to clean energy and developing renewable sources of energy.
At the Paris climate conference (COP21) in December 2015, 195 countries adopted the first-ever, universal, legally binding global climate deal. This had set out a global action plan to put the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming, and to move to zero greenhouse-gas emissions.
Paul Cook, head of advocacy for charity Tearfund, commented, ‘The US president is walking away from the US’s international responsibility, while other world leaders take a stand. This decision is a worrisome setback for all those who have campaigned long and hard to see real change for the world’s most vulnerable people.
‘We welcome the resoluteness of other world leaders in reaffirming their commitment to the Paris Agreement. It is crucial that these leaders turn their pledges into reality, to prevent lives and livelihoods being hit hard by an unstable and changing climate’.
Currently, more than 16 million people are on the brink of starvation, in the third year of drought in South Sudan and Ethiopia. Just a few years ago, parts of the Philippines were devastated by a record-breaking typhoon.