Amsterdam, Netherlands– Denouncing Trump’s decision to abandon the Paris Climate Agreement, Greenpeace International said the decision would cost the US its global leadership position and its share of the economic benefits of the clean energy transition.
Jennifer Morgan, Greenpeace International Executive Director, said:
“Withdrawing from the Paris Agreement will turn America from a global climate leader into a flat earth society of one. It is a morally-bankrupt decision that Trump will come to regret. Global climate action is not a legal or political debate, it is an inescapable obligation to protect people and planet.
“Trump is surrendering US global leadership to real world leaders who are seizing the momentum to protect their country and the climate by transforming their economies to clean energy. We are witnessing a seismic shift in the global order as Europe, China and others lead the way forward.
“Almost 200 countries committed to climate action in Paris and only one has decided to withdraw. This is how far out of step Trump is with the rest of the world. It is the changing of the global guard – as the US bows out, world leaders, CEOs and people across the world can and are moving forward into the future.”
Greenpeace East Asia Senior Global Policy Officer Li Shuo said:
“President Trump is taking his administration in the opposite direction to the rest of the world. While China cancels coal power plants, Trump cancels climate action.
“Trump’s attempt to sabotage the global transition to a safer clean energy future won’t succeed. It will only corner the US and present China with an opportunity to reap the economic benefits of America’s withdrawal.”
Ghalia Fayad, Arab World Programme Leader at Greenpeace Mediterranean said:
“This US administration has let the rest of the world down. Climate change is a bitter reality that affects each and every living being on this planet.”
“As one of the most vulnerable regions to climate change, the Middle East and North Africa cannot afford to have cold feet. Countries like Morocco and the United Arab Emirates are already undergoing their renewable energy transition and their fellow Arab neighbors, whether oil producing or not, should look up to them and not across the Atlantic.”
“The revolution to save the climate is underway and whatever happens we are moving ahead”.