Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
World Media | By June Phelps

Obama: Curbing Climate Change Should Be 'Obsession For Us'

Obama: Curbing Climate Change Should Be 'Obsession For Us'

Obama ratified the Paris agreement in 2015, and President Trump said in June that the US would pull out of it. Syria recently said that it planned to join the accord, making the USA the only nation in the world that doesn't belong to it, which Obama said is a "difficult position to defend".

Former President Barack Obama will speak to dozens of mayors and leaders from around the world Tuesday as they prepare to sign what's being called a "first-of-its-kind global agreement on climate change" in Chicago. "It increases public health risks like catastrophic floods and a host of other challenges", Barrett said in a news release. "And what that tells us is that climate is changing faster than our efforts to address it".

Trump called the agreement a "draconian" global deal. He said the solution "was going to be up to all of us", according to the Chicago Tribune. "It was going to be up to all of us".

The Chicago Climate Charter represents cities around the world that want to "confront climate change head-on", said Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a statement.

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USA TODAY has obtained a draft of the "Chicago Charter", an agreement that at least 36 US cities are slated to sign Tuesday at the North American Climate Summit in Chicago.

Among theof what cities - including New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Washington - plan to do are to reduce greenhouse gas emission by up to 28% and also to track each city's goals. "Cities and states and businesses and universities and nonprofits have emerged as the new face of American leadership on climate change". "We're on that path and we know our American sisters and brothers are".

The Chicago Climate Charter commits signatory cities from around the world to achieving the emissions reductions contained in the Paris Agreement on climate change reached in 2015, despite President Donald Trump's announcement that the US will leave the deal.

Emanuel said the current resident of the White House - not mentioning Trump by name - and his environmental officials are in denial on climate change despite facts.

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In lieu of the nation's withdrawal from an worldwide agreement on climate change, 50 municipal leaders from around the country, including Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, signed a charter Tuesday committing their cities to emissions reductions.

The earliest the United States can withdraw from the Paris agreement is November 2020. However, Trump was still made guest of honor at Bastille Day celebrations in Paris in July, with Macron saying he hoped to change the American president's mind on the issue.

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