The move by the administration of President Donald Trump of America, to formally notify the United Nations that it will withdraw from the 2015 Paris climate agreement, has elicited calls for his removal from office.
Responding to the Trump administration’s move on Monday, environmental groups said they hoped the US president would be defeated in 2020 by a rival who would re-join the agreement with bold new targets.
“The next president will need to rejoin the accord immediately and commit to the rapid, wholesale clean-energy transformation the climate emergency demands,” said Jean Su, energy director with the Center for Biological Diversity.
In the same vein, Michael Bloomberg, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for climate action in a statement said; The American people must elect leaders who will confront climate change and put the public’s health and safety first.”
He added “until then, we will continue to fight the climate crisis with the urgency required, city by city and state by state. We can’t afford to wait.”
Interestingly, all the top Democratic presidential hopefuls seeking to unseat Trump in next year’s election have promised to re-engage in the Paris Agreement if they win.
According US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a statement on Monday, the move to formally notify the United Nations is the first formal step in a one-year process to exit the global pact to fight climate change.
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