Obama: Curbing Climate Change Should Be 'Obsession For Us'

07 December, 2017, 02:07 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Obama: Curbing Climate Change Should Be 'Obsession For Us'

More than 377 mayors have committed to the initiatives in the Paris Agreement, despite President Trump's decision to withdraw, the mayor's office said.

Montreal mayor Valérie Plante is in Chicago to attend a two-day North American climate summit, which kicked off Monday evening and wraps up Tuesday.

The American economy's success comes down to environmental policies put in place during the Obama administration, said former President Barack Obama during a speech Tuesday as he jokingly thanked himself. "There were skeptics who said these actions would kill jobs and depress growth".

Trump rejected the Paris Agreement (as it is also known) and so the mayors of North America are picking up the slack, doing what the President of the United States won't really do: curb climate change. "And that's a hard position to defend". "We're all going to get to the same destination in our own individual way".

The Chicago Climate Charter represents cities around the world that want to "confront climate change head-on", said Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a statement.

It has until 2020 to adopt the Paris climate agreement and act in accordance with the objectives of the treaty.

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The agreement requires the cities to track and publicly report city emissions, advocate for greater local authority and flexibility to take aggressive action on climate, and incorporate the realities of climate change and its impacts into local infrastructure and energy planning. "It was going to be up to all of us", Obama told the gathering of mayors from around the world who were there to sign the Chicago Climate Charter.

"We stand shoulder to shoulder with all of the USA cities and mayors that are committed to the Paris Agreement", said Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, who added that Trump should listen to the mayors on the issue of climate change. We saw the longest streak of job creation in American history by far.

Former President Barack Obama is expected to address mayors from around the world at a Chicago summit to discuss climate change.

Cities will have to be the chief drivers of national climate policies in the absence of leadership from the Trump administration, according to more than 50 mayors who met in Chicago Dec. 5 to sign a pledge to reduce their emissions. Trump has said the terms of the agreement should be more favourable to businesses and taxpayers.

Emanuel said the current resident of the White House - not mentioning Trump by name - and his environmental officials are in denial on climate change despite facts. "But we're all in on the Paris protocols".

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