Poor countries to bear the brunt of Trump’s pulling out from climate change pact

U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from Paris climate accord is both immoral and irresponsible.

The United States’ pledge outlined in the 2015 landmark climate pact should be viewed as reparation for all the damage done by the number one greenhouse gas emitter. America’s carbon emissions per capita remain significantly higher than those of China or India even after recent reductions. Under the agreement, the United States had vowed to cut its greenhouse gas emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025 and commit up to $3 billion in aid for poorer countries by 2020. By pulling out from Paris pact, Trump not only refuses to acknowledge the U.S.’ contribution to climate change but is also abandoning the U.S.’ responsibility to counter the impacts of climate change especially on poor countries like the Philippines.

Cancelling the Paris deal is not an “America first” move but putting corporate greed first.  Mr. Trump cited a questionable study stating sectors of the United States economy that would lose revenue and jobs if the country remained part of the accord. According to scientists, if countries stick to their commitments under the Paris agreement, 0.8 of a degree of global warming could be avoided.

Mr. Trump disrespects the 194 countries that signed the global pact aimed at addressing a very pressing problem that is climate change.

This is bad news for the Philippines that had weathered a supertyphoon and natural disasters. It is bad news for Filipino farmers who grapple with the impacts of La Nina phenomenon and El Nino phenomenon. It is bad news for the Filipino poor who are the most vulnerable to climate change.

The Climate Change Network for Community Initiatives, Inc. (CCNCI) joins the world in opposing Mr. Trump’s reckless decision. #

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