Posted on 04 November 2019
The US government today initiated the formal process to withdraw from the global climate Paris Agreement.
Responding to the news, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, leader of WWF's global climate and energy practices and President of COP20, said:
"It is disappointing that the US Government has decided to formally withdraw from the Paris Agreement. We know that this decision would be reversed sooner rather than later because no one can pull out from a process that is about the safety, welfare and security of citizens. And no-one can deny we have to face the consequences of the climate crisis with clear, strong and decisive action.
Their abdication of responsibility on the climate crisis does not preclude the rest of the world from doing its part. In this time of planetary emergency we have to have responsible leaders and actors doing their part for a more sustainable planet. Now, more than ever, we need leaders - especially high emitting countries, cities, companies and other actors - to accelerate their efforts to scale up and speed up climate action. If we are to avoid the very worst impacts of the climate crisis, we need to get the world on a net zero emissions pathway without further delay."
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