Monday, 11 December, 2017

Mayors unite in Chicago-led effort to confront climate change

Obama to Speak as World Mayors Sign Chicago Climate Charter Obama in Chicago on Tuesday for Rahm climate summit
Howard Terry | 07 December, 2017, 02:07

Obama talked about the lack of US leadership on climate issues in Paris on Saturday.

The Chicago Climate Charter, signed Tuesday, commits cities to carbon emissions reductions in line with the Paris accords.

Obama ratified the Paris agreement in 2015, and President Trump said in June that the US would pull out of it. Syria recently said that it planned to join the accord, making the USA the only nation in the world that doesn't belong to it, which Obama said is a "difficult position to defend".

Former President Barack Obama is in Chicago on Tuesday and among his stops: delivering remarks at the North American Climate Summit hosted by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Obama pointed to rising sea levels, worsening droughts and storms and rising global temperatures as irrefutable evidence that the climate is changing.

The former president cited a string of recent hurricanes that slammed Puerto Rico, Florida and Texas, noting that "more than two months later they are still struggling to recover".

Despite Trump's unwillingness to participate until the agreement is renegotiated, individual American companies - along with U.S. states and cities - have stepped up their commitment to the deal.

"The good news is that the Paris agreement was never going to solve the climate crisis on its own. It was going to be up to all of us", he continued.

He briefly spoke Tuesday to a summit of mayors from around the world gathered in Chicago to address concerns about climate change since President Donald Trump rejected the Paris climate accord.

Mohsen Nasseri, the head of National Climate Change Plan in the Department of Environment, evaluated the delay as positive since it provides time to examine the socioeconomic ramifications of the accord. The agreement, modeled on the Paris agreement, commits individual cities to bringing down their carbon emissions.

It was billed as a first-of-its-kind worldwide pledge that supports the principles of the Paris Climate Accord that U.S. President Donald Trump rejected in June. We saw the longest streak of job creation in American history by far. "We just hope the president of the United States wakes up" and recognizes the importance of addressing climate change.

Dressed casually in a jacket but no tie, Obama was introduced by Emanuel, who was his first White House Chief of Staff and had invited him to speak for 15 minutes off the meeting's official agenda.

Former President Barack Obama is expected to address mayors from around the world at a Chicago summit to discuss climate change. Trump has said the terms of the agreement should be more favourable to businesses and taxpayers. "But we're all in on the Paris protocols".

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