United States breaks with G7 on climate, development banks - statement

The Environmental Summit being held on Sunday and Monday is scheduled to discuss issues that include climate change, sustainable development, and litter at sea, all important issues to everyone and encompassing more than just the environment, but health and the global economy.

Trump was represented by Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, who flew home at the end of the first day after insisting that the USA was continuing to seek "positive engagement" with its partners in the club of wealthy democracies.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he did not ask German Chancellor Angela Merkel to consider keeping all mentions of the Paris climate change accord out of the upcoming G20 leaders meeting statement to placate U.S. President Donald Trump.

A top USA official abruptly left the Group of Seven (G7) environmental ministerial talks in Bologna on Sunday, just a few hours after it began.

During his brief visit, Pruitt had time to meet several of his counterparts, including a stint rolling out pasta and eating prosciutto with Italy's Minister of Environment Gian Luca Galletti.

The other six countries in the G-7 all agreed at last month's political summit of national leaders in Sicily to work toward making the Paris climate accord effective.

Former US Secretary of State John Kerry predicted today that the United States will achieve goals to limit climate change set by the Obama administration despite President Donald Trump's decision to quit a 2015 global pact.

The G-7 environment ministers were expected to issue a concluding declaration Monday.

When announcing the USA was pulling out of the Paris accord Trump said his administration would begin negotiations either to re-enter the deal or set up a new agreement on “terms that are fair to the United States.”.

So, we must all redouble our efforts now, because as the Irish Environmental Pillar stated in condemning the Trump decision, 'We have a duty to generations to come to leave the planet in a condition that is fit for all life and not riven with starvation, refugee crises, water shortages and war'. He has said the USA could try to re-enter the deal under more favorable terms, but the European Union - and in particular Italy, France and Germany - have said the Paris accord cannot be renegotiated. The discussions in Bologna were also attended by Chile, the Maldives, Ethiopia and Rwanda, four developing countries with a particular interest in combatting climate change.

Almost 4,000 miles away, Parisian Raphael Angeli said Trump's decision puts him at odds with many of his fellow citizens and much of the world.

The United States' partners in the G7 club of wealthy democracies vowed on Sunday to press ahead with efforts to contain devastating climate change despite a rift caused by the American withdrawal from the Paris accord on cutting carbon emissions. They believe that the business case for climate action is real and that the gradual transition to a low-carbon economy not only can drive economic growth, but is a fact of life.

  • Leroy Wright