How Trump’s Single Decision Can Change The World’s Climate Forever?
The President of the United States, Donald Trump has made it almost clear that the US is going to withdraw its support from the Paris climate deal which was held in December 2015.
The commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to keep global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels throughout the century was made in the Conference of Parties (COP) 21 where nearly 200 nations signed the deal to reduce the pressing issue of global warming.
The Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in the Trump’s government, Scott Pruitt has always criticized the Paris agreement and has called it a BAD DEAL for the nation. Last Saturday, President Trump tweeted that he would decide about the involvement of the nation in the Paris deal the next week. Since, Pruitt met the President on Tuesday, ahead of his upcoming decision, there are great chances that Trump won’t support the deal anymore.
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The UN Secretary General, António Guterres on Tuesday, sent a clear message to America while giving his speech at the New York University’s Stern School of Business. He said, “The institutions who fail to bet on the green economy will be living in a gray future, while those that embrace clean energy technologies will set the gold standard for economic leadership in the 21st century.”
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In a question-answer round following the speech, a student asked the UN chief that how the US can address climate change when the president has made up his mind to back out of the Paris agreement.
Replying to the student, Guterres said, “If someone leaves a void, I guarantee someone will fill it. Today, the economy and social aspects are linked to the environmental aspects, but they are also linked to the security aspects, they are linked to the risks of conflict.” He further added, “If you leave a void to others to occupy, you might be creating a problem to your own internal security.”
He didn’t explicitly mention the US anywhere in his speech but the message was quite clear.
If America withdraws from the Paris accord, it will be the third nation after Syria and Nicaragua to opt out.
Russia, another right-wing government, is not in favor of the Paris deal since it would leave a huge fossil fuels reserve underground which means a loss to the Russian government. As per a UN report, Russia has not yet ratified the Paris deal.
Now, if the president of the second-largest greenhouse gas emitter withdraws from the Paris climate deal, then the fifth largest emitters, Russians will have a great excuse not to sign the accord in the near future.
Today, the world keenly waits at the decision of the Trump government as it would determine the world’s climate in the coming days.