Mr President, we know it’s America first, but can we say climate second?
Amy-Ann Nolan| 2nd June 2017
Donald Trump announced this week that America will be withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement, saying that the agreement is more about other countries gaining an advantage over the US than it is about climate change.
The Paris agreement is a global action plan that was established in 2015 invested in reducing the damaging affects of global warming and limiting climate change. One-hundred-and-ninety-five countries including Australia and America adopted the climate change deal agreeing to come together every five years to set new targets in the the fight against climate change.
Trump’s decision to exit the agreement has pushed Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to consider Australia’s role in the agreement. Should Australia support the US decision to exit the agreement? Coalition MPs Eric Abetz and Ian Macdonald think so, saying Australia should consider exiting the agreement alongside the US.
Thankfully both major Australian parties are remaining committed to the agreement. The reality is it’s about time Australia stepped up and started getting serious about climate change. We need to be more ambitious in our efforts to fight climate change by committing to better target reductions. It’s time to work at the front of the pack and not the back. Let’s push harder for sustainability work towards producing cleaner energy.
America is responsible for around 30 per cent of the world’s emissions covered in the agreement. However, Environmental Minister Josh Frydenberg is confident the agreement is still valuable even without the US.
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