Obama Gives Speech At Climate Change Summit As Mayors Sign Charter

08 December, 2017, 01:28 | Author: Warren Cooper
  • Obama expected to address mayors' summit on climate change

Officials are billing the North American Climate Summit that began Monday as the first of its kind for the city.

"As we took these actions, we saw the USA economy grow consistently".

While the Chicago charter calls on participating cities to set their own standards to reduce emissions, it's not clear whether such local action will be able to offset federal shortcomings or how local governments will be held to their commitments.

Obama, who did not mention Trump by name, made a quick appearance at the conference hosted by his former chief of staff, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Mayor Emanuel has continued to push his way forward in city sustainability and environmental protections.

President Trump's announcement on June 1 that the USA will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement is "difficult to defend", Obama said, indicating membership would spur growth rather than stifle it.

The summit was called for after President Donald Trump rejected the Paris climate accord, after Obama signed it back in 2015.

Obama, who enacted the Paris deal, is expected to speak Tuesday afternoon. In signing the charter, cities also commit to tracking and publicly reporting city emissions.

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"All the USA cities signing the charter are making commitments in support of America's Pledge, which sends a strong signal to the world that we will keep moving forward toward our Paris goal, with or without Washington".

More than 377 mayors have committed to the initiatives in the Paris Agreement, despite President Trump's decision to withdraw, the mayor's office said.

Though Obama avoided direct criticism of Trump, Emanuel was eager to denounce the current president, like many Americans of color whose livelihood has been choked by his administration. He said the solution "was going to be up to all of us", according to the Chicago Tribune. The mayor didn't say how, exactly, that will be achieved, reports JDM.

Former president Barack Obama on Tuesday praised American mayors, business leaders, and academics as being the "new face of American leadership on climate change" now that President Trump has abandoned an global climate accord that Obama helped forge during his presidency.

Between July and September, the U.S. GDP, a gauge of economic output, grew at three percent-continuing similar growth reported in the previous quarter. "Western cities across North American are dealing with longer and harsher wild fire seasons". He said the most important work addressing climate change isn't being done at the level of national leaders, but is being done on the ground.

The idea is to fill the void left by the actions of the Republican president, who has worked to reverse much of Obama's approach to foreign policy, Chicago officials said. But the cities' mayors need to do more to address the disproportionate health burdens in their low-income and minority communities impacted by climate change, activists say.

Other mayors attending include Valerie Plante of Montreal and Miguel Angel Mancera of Mexico City.

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