Pittsburgh mayor rejects Trump's climate change advances
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 6:03
The architects of the Paris Agreement included Christiana Figueres, who until recently led the UNFCCC.
"Donald Trump has absolutely chosen the wrong course".
"We are getting out, but we are starting to negotiate and we'll see if we can make a deal that's fair", Trump said at the White House.
China will continue to implement its vision for sustainable development and take steps to tackle climate change "no matter what position other countries shall take", she said.
The minister said that climate change is a priority for Estonia during the upcoming European Union presidency.
Brown also joined with Govs.
Jay Inslee of Washington state and Gov. Andrew Cuomo of NY formed the U.S. Climate Alliance to uphold the Paris climate agreement, a pact involving almost 200 nations aimed at slowing the warming of the planet.
While social media is already full of the negative reactions to this decision, the state governments of California, New York, and Washington founded the United States Climate Alliance to continually uphold the Agreement in spite of the withdrawal.
As Trump made his announcement, we saw the world's leaders condemn Trump's move and pledge to take further action to meet the global targets set out in the Paris Accord along with countless states in the U.S. and business leaders from Google to Apple.
US Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York), called the decision a "devastating failure of historic proportions". "Regardless of what happens around us, we're still Austin, Texas".
Yesterday, 83 mayors - who represent 40 million Americans in total - committed to honoring the US commitments made in Paris regardless of the Trump administration. (Although the cities cannot technically join the agreement as they're not members of the United Nations, they can informally agree to its guidelines.) According to a statement from Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, who serves as the chair of C40, an global coalition of mayors focused on climate action, the cities remain united in their goals.
"Mayors, governors, and business leaders from both political parties are signing [on to] a statement of support that we will submit to the U.N.", Bloomberg said, "and together, we will reach the emission reduction goals the USA made in Paris in 2015".
And it's not just the commitments made in Paris that cities and localities are pledging to adopt.
"We will succeed because we are fully committed, because wherever we live, whoever we are, we all share the same responsibility: make our planet great again", said Macron, tweaking the "Make America great again" slogan promoted by Trump.
"Moreover, China has taken concrete moves to positively deal with climate change and made obvious progress, demonstrating the worldwide responsibility shouldered by China and conforming with China's choice of sustainable growth", a state media report said Friday.