China and Europe have pledged to unite to save “Mother Earth” in the face of United States President Donald Trump’s decision to take the world’s second largest carbon polluter out of the Paris climate change pact.
Others including Russia, India and Mexico quickly signaled their commitment to the accord, although a Kremlin aide said it would not be viable without U.S. participation. France said it would work with some U.S. states and cities which have broken with Trump’s decisions, to keep up the fight against climate change.
The World Meteorological Organization sought to quantify Trump’s decision, estimating that U.S. withdrawal from the emissions-cutting accord could add zero-point-three degrees Celsius to global temperatures by the end of the century in a worst-case scenario.
Trump, tapping into the “America First” message he used when he was elected president last year, said that participating in the Paris agreement would undermine the U.S. economy, wipe out U.S. jobs, weaken American national sovereignty and put the country at a permanent disadvantage to the other countries of the world. The move was met with a mix of dismay and anger across the world.