Syria Signs the Paris Climate Agreement
The United States now sits alone in category that has many dumbfounded and embarrassed. As Syria, which is the most violent place on Earth, has announced at COP23 climate summit in Bonn that they will sign on to be part of the Paris agreement, the United States becomes the only country to reject the accord.
The agreement famously sets out a global action plan to put the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2°C (3.6°F).
“As if it wasn’t already crystal clear, every single other country in the world is moving forward together to tackle the climate crisis, while Donald Trump has isolated the United States on the world stage in an embarrassing and dangerous position,” Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune told reporters.
“With Syria on board, now the entire world is resolutely committed to advancing climate action – all save one country,” a statement from the World Resources Institute noted.
“This should make the Trump administration pause and reflect on their ill-advised announcement about withdrawing from the Paris Agreement.”.
The Trump Administration will be sending delegates to the summit but will be taking a different approach than the rest of the world. They will be arguing that fossil fuels and nuclear power are the answer to climate change.
There is no other nation on Earth that is denying climate change. There is no other country on Earth ignoring their scientist. There is no other country on Earth reverting back to a solution that has been proved to harm and damage Earth. There is no other country on Earth reverting back to a resource we will run out of.
Trump continues to isolate the United States and put the nation in a vulnerable position. As the move by Syria holds a huge symbolic meaning to the world and importance of unity, Trump continues to defy logic.
Now, it is up to the states and local governments in the United States to partake in meeting the climate accord agreements. Just because the leader of the US will not sign, does not mean that the US cannot be a part of the accords.