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G7 Climate Talks

Not only America but the whole world was shaken when US President Donald Trump signed the nation out of the Paris Climate Agreement quite recently. The US now joins Syria and Nicaragua. World leaders criticized Trump’s decision especially the high carbon footprint generated by many American manufacturing firms. We all know that climate change is no longer just a threat today but a reality we are all living in. Many of the world’s natural weather phenomena have intensified over the years because of it. A lot of hurricanes have evolved to be catastrophic disasters that wiped out properties and took away countless human lives.

It’s the reason why the Paris Climate Agreement was created in the first place. It’s for individual parties to determine their own contribution to greenhouse emission and what else they can do to slow down the progression of climate change. It actually is the first comprehensive climate agreement implemented on a global scale. And it makes sense to have an initiative as big as this considering how the planet is suffering right now and it’s mostly because of us humans.

“The unprecedented split on climate change out of the G7 environment ministers’ meeting is another clear signal that the rest of the world is forging ahead with the actions needed to meet the climate crisis, despite President Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement. Together with the pledges made by a growing coalition of U.S. mayors, governors, business leaders and others to meet America‘s Paris commitments without him, the meeting highlights President Trump’s increasing isolation on climate and clean energy issues, both at home and abroad.

“Scott Pruitt’s many distortions and falsehoods about the Paris agreement, the reality of the climate threat, and the economic and employment benefits of the clean energy revolution have been sharply rejected by the other G7 environment ministers. As their statement makes clear, there is no appetite to ‘renegotiate’ the Paris agreement, and the drive towards a global economy based on clean, renewable energy will continue full speed ahead despite the efforts of President Trump and Scott Pruitt to slow it down.”

(Via: http://www.ucsusa.org/news/press_release/Pruitt-G7#.WUe9TWiGPIU)

Donald Trump had always been vocal about his personal opinions regarding climate issues. For him, climate change is a hoax. He was never worried about the world becoming increasingly inhospitable. The downside of this is that he happened to be America’s elected president right now and whatever he thinks really matters not just to the US but to the whole world.

The US has refused to endorse a joint communique with other G7 countries on climate change at the end of a two-day summit in Bologna, Italy but says it will continue to work with international partners on environment matters.

The final document from the meeting does not mention the US, the world’s second largest polluter, at all in light of Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on climate change. 

Alden Meyer, director of strategy and policy for the Union of Concerned Scientists, said in a statement that this split within the G7 is “unprecedented”.   

At the last general G7 meeting, world leaders tried to convince Mr Trump to stay in the accord, which nearly 200 countries signed in December 2015 in an effort to lower greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to a warmer planet.

(Via: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/g7-bologna-climate-change-environment-us-disagrees-international-partners-joint-statement-scott-a7785836.html)

The US is determined to stay committed to its earlier declaration of withdrawing from the agreement and seems to be totally oblivious to the fact that the planet is warming up much faster than it did in centuries. What these American leaders have in mind is the inconvenience this agreement poses to American businesses, a classic elitist thinking. And it no longer comes as a surprise considering that Trump is a multi-billionaire himself who has lived in his Trump Tower for a long time that he can no longer relate to the common people. What he only has in mind is the welfare of his fellow elitist entrepreneurs who milk money by abusing many of the world’s natural resources that led to the extinction of many species, which is also why we are facing this global warming and climate change issue right now.

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