The Paris agreement on climate change, also known as the Paris accord, is a historic agreement adopted by world leaders in 2015 to combat climate change and its effects. The agreement sets ambitious goals to limit global warming and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, with the ultimate objective of keeping the increase in global average temperature to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
The United States played a crucial role in the development of the Paris agreement, with President Barack Obama personally negotiating the terms of the deal and signing it on behalf of the United States in 2016. However, in 2017, the newly elected President Donald Trump announced that the United States would be withdrawing from the agreement, citing concerns over economic costs and lack of benefits for American workers.
The decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement was met with widespread criticism from both domestic and international leaders, as the United States is one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases in the world. Many experts also pointed out that the economic costs of inaction on climate change would far outweigh the costs of implementing the Paris agreement.
Despite the United States` withdrawal from the Paris agreement, many American states, cities, and businesses have pledged to continue to uphold the goals of the agreement and work towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The “We Are Still In” movement, which includes over 3,800 businesses, 5 governors, and over 200 mayors, has committed to reducing emissions in line with the Paris agreement and transitioning to a clean energy future.
As the effects of climate change become increasingly evident, it is clear that the Paris agreement represents a critical step towards a more sustainable future for our planet. While the United States` withdrawal from the agreement is a setback, it is heartening to see so many American leaders and businesses taking up the mantle of climate action and working towards a better future for all.