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Climate Agreement Paris And The Denial Of President Trump

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The conclusion of the Paris Climate Change Conference was met with cheers and smiles of an eclectic mix of high-ranking government officials. World leaders and news outlets appeared ecstatic, praising the unprecedented commitments made by virtually all nations. Finally, some real steps were taken towards calling a halt to global warming. The world was going to unite and battle the issue of man-made climate change together. This optimism came on the 4th of November 2019 to a halt!

Update 5 November 2019: Paris Climate Accords: US Notifies UN Of Their Withdraw

The US has begun the process of withdrawing from the Paris Agreement, notifying the UN of its intention to leave, as other countries express regret and disappointment at the move. The notification begins a one-year process of exiting the global climate change accord, culminating the day after the 2020 US election. The US government says the deal puts an ‘unfair economic burden’ on Americans.

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The agreement brought together 188 nations to combat climate change. There has been widespread international condemnation of the US move. The Paris accord, agreed in 2015, committed the US and 187 other countries to keeping rising global temperatures below 2C above pre-industrial levels and attempting to limit them even more, to a 1.5C rise.

How did the Paris Agreement start?
The Paris Agreement was adopted on December 12, 2015 at COP21 in Paris, France by the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). According to the Vienna Convention of the Law of Treaties, adoption is the formal act that establishes the form and content of an agreement.


The decision to withdraw - taken by President Donald Trump after he came to office in 2017 - made the US the world's sole non-signatory and prompted high-level efforts by the European Union to keep the agreement on track. However, hundreds of local governments, businesses and organisations in the US have joined the ‘We Are Still In’ movement, pledging to cut emissions and move to renewable energy.

Recommended: Climate Change, A Sideshow In Trump's State Of The Union

Obama Slams Trump For Leaving Paris Climate Agreement

Former President Barack Obama criticized President Donald Trump for announcing on Thursday that the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, characterizing the decision as America vacating its leadership role on the world stage.

Obama, who has refrained from commenting on his successor’s every action in office, did not name Trump in his statement, but nonetheless made clear that he believes Trump’s plan to exit the 2015 agreement will hurt America, economically and otherwise.

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US Notifies UN Of Their Withdraw. Why Is This Happening Now?

The US issued its formal notification on the first day it was possible to do so. Mr Trump had made withdrawing from the agreement one of his election campaign pledges but UN rules had meant it was not possible for the US to start the withdrawal process until last 4 November 2019. The withdrawal is still subject to the outcome of next year's US presidential election - if Mr Trump loses, the winner may decide to change course.



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Five Effects Of US Pullout From Paris Climate Deal:

  • The US withdrawal will hurt the deal and the world. The decision by the US - one of the world's biggest emitters of greenhouse gases - drew condemnation from environmentalists and expressions of regret from world leaders.
  • For Russia, which ratified the deal last month after a long delay, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said it was very hard to talk about a climate agreement without the US.
  • It is about the darkest moment in American diplomacy in a very, very long time and a huge blow to global efforts, according Bill McKibben, leader of climate campaign group 350.org.

America's Difficulty Is China’s Opportunity

  • He has also suggested that the Paris Agreement gives China and other big polluters an unfair advantage over the US by allowing them to continue to increase emissions
  • The agreement would cost the US $3tn in lost economic output and 6.5 million jobs but a US government report last year said that, on the contrary, unchecked climate change would cost the US hundreds of billions of dollars.

Global business Leaders Will Be Disappointed

The decision by the US - one of the world's biggest emitters of greenhouse gases - drew condemnation from environmentalists and expressions of regret from world leaders.

US Emissions Will Still Fall

The US contributes about 15% of global emissions of carbon dioxide, but it is also a significant source of finance and technology for developing countries in their efforts to fight rising temperatures.

What Was Agreed On In 2015: Upper Limit Of 2 Degrees Increase

Who signed the Paris climate accord?
On 1 April 2016, the United States and China, which together represent almost 40% of global emissions, issued a joint statement confirming that both countries would sign the Paris Climate Agreement. 175 Parties (174 states and the European Union) signed the agreement on the first date it was open for signature

As the long-term goal, an upper limit was described of a 2 degrees increase in temperature above pre-industrial levels. With almost all countries pledging to take drastic action to cut back on their emissions, what could possibly go wrong?

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The Trump Effect

Well, first of all. One name:; Trump. The American president, who has publicly claimed on various occasions that climate change is a ‘hoax’, has worked tirelessly to pretty much rewind all climate-related progress made during the Obama-era. Aside from defunding research and subsidy programs, he has threatened to pull out of the Paris Agreement at several occasions. 

Recommended: Five Minutes To Midnight: Climate Change Action Fighting The Clock

Effectively, this means that the leader of one of the largest emitters is showing zero interest in tackling this problem. This attitude is guaranteed to impact other countries as well. After all, why would a small nation bend over backwards in order to cut back on harmful emissions and rapidly increase its share of renewable energy sources, while the ‘big bad neighbour’ happily goes on with its climate-destroying activities? The activities of truly committed countries will just be a metaphorical drop in the ocean, whereas other nations empty a bucket in that very same ocean, ultimately causing sea levels to rise to dangerous levels. 

Road to + 2°C

Another problem with the Paris Agreement is that it does not stipulate a fixed goal or end date, nor does it provide any kind of mechanism that enforces countries to set such a firm goal and date. The only conditions put forth are that individual goals should be ‘ambitious’, ‘representing a progression over time’ and set ‘the view to achieve the purpose of the Agreement’.

What are the issues of Paris agreement?
The Paris Agreement called for a balance of climate finance between adaptation and mitigation, and specifically underscoring the need to increase adaptation support for parties most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, including Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States.

Especially ‘ambitious’ is a condition that is urgently needed if the Agreement is to make an actual difference. For it to not just be a petty, cute way of showing that we care while, in fact, killing all hopes of leaving behind a clean and safe world for generations to come. After all, even the negotiators agreed whilst drafting the Agreement that the target of not going above + 2°C is insufficient. A target of + 1,5°C would be more fitting.

Recommended: CO2 At Current Levels Will Cause A High Sea Rise: 16 Meters

Note the exact meaning of ‘fitting’ in this case. It does most certainly not mean that, if the world by some miracle manages to actually stay within this bound, danger is averted and climate change is ‘beat’. As put by former US President Barack Obama: “Even if we meet every target ... we will only get to part of where we need to go. This agreement will help delay or avoid some of the worst consequences of climate change.”

What Do We Need?

As put so eloquently by Trump’s predecessor, even if all nations actually stand by their promises and cut back their emissions drastically - and that is a huge if! -, we are far from done. Some countries are showing the way by imposing impressive national targets, such as the Scandinavian commitment to renewable energy sources and China’s focus on clean technology and innovation. Yet, despite all good intentions, this does not magically help us reach the Paris goals.

None of these countries will actually reach these goals unless they employ a fully integrated approach. Unfortunately it seems as though no government actually has the guts to do so. Aside from their flagship sustainability projects, they are very hesitant to impose unpopular restrictions and limitations on their citizens and businesses alike. And yet this is the only thing that would ensure a safe and liveable world for the future generations.

What is needed is a change in mindset. Western countries should drastically alter their consumption behaviour, make sure that all of their people are permeated with the belief that any and all wasteful activities should be avoided or at least mitigated. Similarly, companies should be forced to step away from the relatively cheap fossil fuels and opt for more expensive renewable sources. Without such drastic actions, the Paris Agreement will not be a feasible rescue plan. It will merely be a showpiece to show history that we actually did - attempt to - care.

Child, hero for one day, #climatechange

There Is Only One World

Sustainability does, and always has, come at a hefty price. Especially if it is done right, not only by giving in to the measures that the public enjoys most (or that bothers them least, it is a fine line). It are exactly the unpopular actions that will make all the difference. And judging by the recent riot over a ban on plastic straws in Europe, we still have a long, long way to go before each and every one of us understands the impact of the way we act today on the world as it will be tomorrow. 

Blue artificial world, hanging, people, #climatechange

There is only one earth. It may sound cliched, but is apparently still not understood. Wake up, world. And take some real action before it is too late.

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Climate Agreement Paris And The Denial Of President Trump

The conclusion of the Paris Climate Change Conference was met with cheers and smiles of an eclectic mix of high-ranking government officials. World leaders and news outlets appeared ecstatic, praising the unprecedented commitments made by virtually all nations. Finally, some real steps were taken towards calling a halt to global warming. The world was going to unite and battle the issue of man-made climate change together.  This optimism came on the 4th of November 2019 to a halt! Update 5 November 2019: Paris Climate Accords: US Notifies UN Of Their Withdraw The US has begun the process of withdrawing from the Paris Agreement, notifying the UN of its intention to leave, as other countries express regret and disappointment at the move. The notification begins a one-year process of exiting the global climate change accord, culminating the day after the 2020 US election. The US government says the deal puts an ‘unfair economic burden’ on Americans. The agreement brought together 188 nations to combat climate change. There has been widespread international condemnation of the US move. The Paris accord, agreed in 2015, committed the US and 187 other countries to keeping rising global temperatures below 2C above pre-industrial levels and attempting to limit them even more, to a 1.5C rise. How did the Paris Agreement start? The Paris Agreement was adopted on December 12, 2015 at COP21 in Paris, France by the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). According to the Vienna Convention of the Law of Treaties, adoption is the formal act that establishes the form and content of an agreement. The decision to withdraw - taken by President Donald Trump after he came to office in 2017 - made the US the world's sole non-signatory and prompted high-level efforts by the European Union to keep the agreement on track. However, hundreds of local governments, businesses and organisations in the US have joined the ‘We Are Still In’ movement, pledging to cut emissions and move to renewable energy. Recommended:  Climate Change, A Sideshow In Trump's State Of The Union Obama Slams Trump For Leaving Paris Climate Agreement Former President Barack Obama criticized President Donald Trump for announcing on Thursday that the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, characterizing the decision as America vacating its leadership role on the world stage. Obama, who has refrained from commenting on his successor’s every action in office, did not name Trump in his statement, but nonetheless made clear that he believes Trump’s plan to exit the 2015 agreement will hurt America, economically and otherwise. US Notifies UN Of Their Withdraw. Why Is This Happening Now? The US issued its formal notification on the first day it was possible to do so. Mr Trump had made withdrawing from the agreement one of his election campaign pledges but UN rules had meant it was not possible for the US to start the withdrawal process until last 4 November 2019. The withdrawal is still subject to the outcome of next year's US presidential election - if Mr Trump loses, the winner may decide to change course. {youtube}                                                       US Begins Withdrawal From Paris Climate Accord                                               Climate Agreement Paris And The Denial Of President Trump Five Effects Of US Pullout From Paris Climate Deal: The US withdrawal will hurt the deal and the world. The decision by the US - one of the world's biggest emitters of greenhouse gases - drew condemnation from environmentalists and expressions of regret from world leaders. For Russia, which ratified the deal last month after a long delay, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said it was very hard to talk about a climate agreement without the US. It is about the darkest moment in American diplomacy in a very, very long time and a huge blow to global efforts, according Bill McKibben, leader of climate campaign group 350.org. America's Difficulty Is China’s Opportunity He has also suggested that the Paris Agreement gives China and other big polluters an unfair advantage over the US by allowing them to continue to increase emissions The agreement would cost the US $3tn in lost economic output and 6.5 million jobs but a US government report last year said that, on the contrary, unchecked climate change would cost the US hundreds of billions of dollars. Global business Leaders Will Be Disappointed The decision by the US - one of the world's biggest emitters of greenhouse gases - drew condemnation from environmentalists and expressions of regret from world leaders. US Emissions Will Still Fall The US contributes about 15% of global emissions of carbon dioxide, but it is also a significant source of finance and technology for developing countries in their efforts to fight rising temperatures. What Was Agreed On In 2015: Upper Limit Of 2 Degrees Increase Who signed the Paris climate accord? On 1 April 2016, the United States and China, which together represent almost 40% of global emissions, issued a joint statement confirming that both countries would sign the Paris Climate Agreement. 175 Parties (174 states and the European Union) signed the agreement on the first date it was open for signature As the long-term goal, an upper limit was described of a 2 degrees increase in temperature above pre-industrial levels. With almost all countries pledging to take drastic action to cut back on their emissions, what could possibly go wrong? The Trump Effect Well, first of all. One name:; Trump. The American president, who has publicly claimed on various occasions that climate change is a ‘hoax’, has worked tirelessly to pretty much rewind all climate-related progress made during the Obama-era. Aside from defunding research and subsidy programs, he has threatened to pull out of the Paris Agreement at several occasions.   Recommended:  Five Minutes To Midnight: Climate Change Action Fighting The Clock Effectively, this means that the leader of one of the largest emitters is showing zero interest in tackling this problem. This attitude is guaranteed to impact other countries as well. After all, why would a small nation bend over backwards in order to cut back on harmful emissions and rapidly increase its share of renewable energy sources, while the ‘big bad neighbour’ happily goes on with its climate-destroying activities?   The activities of truly committed countries will just be a metaphorical drop in the ocean, whereas other nations empty a bucket in that very same ocean, ultimately causing sea levels to rise to dangerous levels.   Road to + 2°C Another problem with the Paris Agreement is that it does not stipulate a fixed goal or end date, nor does it provide any kind of mechanism that enforces countries to set such a firm goal and date. The only conditions put forth are that individual goals should be ‘ ambitious ’, ‘ representing a progression over time ’ and set ‘ the view to achieve the purpose of the Agreement ’. What are the issues of Paris agreement? The Paris Agreement called for a balance of climate finance between adaptation and mitigation, and specifically underscoring the need to increase adaptation support for parties most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, including Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States. Especially ‘ambitious’ is a condition that is urgently needed if the Agreement is to make an actual difference. For it to not just be a petty, cute way of showing that we care while, in fact, killing all hopes of leaving behind a clean and safe world for generations to come. After all, even the negotiators agreed whilst drafting the Agreement that the target of not going above + 2°C is insufficient. A target of + 1,5°C would be more fitting. Recommended:  CO2 At Current Levels Will Cause A High Sea Rise: 16 Meters Note the exact meaning of ‘fitting’ in this case. It does most certainly not mean that, if the world by some miracle manages to actually stay within this bound, danger is averted and climate change is ‘beat’. As put by former US President Barack Obama: “ Even if we meet every target ... we will only get to part of where we need to go. This agreement will help delay or avoid some of the worst consequences of climate change .” What Do We Need? As put so eloquently by Trump’s predecessor, even if all nations actually stand by their promises and cut back their emissions drastically - and that is a huge if! -, we are far from done. Some countries are showing the way by imposing impressive national targets, such as the Scandinavian commitment to renewable energy sources and China’s focus on clean technology and innovation. Yet, despite all good intentions, this does not magically help us reach the Paris goals. None of these countries will actually reach these goals unless they employ a fully integrated approach. Unfortunately it seems as though no government actually has the guts to do so. Aside from their flagship sustainability projects, they are very hesitant to impose unpopular restrictions and limitations on their citizens and businesses alike. And yet this is the only thing that would ensure a safe and liveable world for the future generations. What is needed is a change in mindset. Western countries should drastically alter their consumption behaviour, make sure that all of their people are permeated with the belief that any and all wasteful activities should be avoided or at least mitigated. Similarly, companies should be forced to step away from the relatively cheap fossil  fuels and opt for more expensive renewable sources. Without such drastic actions, the Paris Agreement will not be a feasible rescue plan. It will merely be a showpiece to show history that we actually did - attempt to - care. There Is Only One World Sustainability does, and always has, come at a hefty price. Especially if it is done right, not only by giving in to the measures that the public enjoys most (or that bothers them least, it is a fine line). It are exactly the unpopular actions that will make all the difference. And judging by the recent riot over a ban on plastic straws in Europe, we still have a long, long way to go before each and every one of us understands the impact of the way we act today on the world as it will be tomorrow.   There is only one earth. It may sound cliched, but is apparently still not understood. Wake up, world. And take some real action before it is too late. Before you go! Recommended:  Wildfires Globally: America, Africa, The Artic, Siberia Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about sustainability? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
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