Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
World | By Melba Underwood

Over 50 Mayors Sign Pact To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Over 50 Mayors Sign Pact To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Emanuel says the participating mayors are filling a leadership void created by Trump by signing a first-of-its-kind worldwide charter agreement aligned to the Paris climate agreement that commits their cities to reducing greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming and outlines specific plans for meeting the carbon emission reduction targets by 2025. "A streak that still continues, by the way".

Former President Barack Obama is in Chicago on Tuesday and among his stops: delivering remarks at the North American Climate Summit hosted by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. "Thanks, Obama", he said, as the audience burst into laughter and applause.

Obama also refrained from criticizing Trump directly. 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.

Former President Barack Obama is expected to address a gathering of mayors from around the globe convening in Chicago to discuss climate change after President Donald Trump said the US will pull out of the Paris climate accord.

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that with or without U.S. participation, the world will continue moving forward towards the Paris goals.

Technically, the USA can't give notice of its departure from the non-binding agreement until November 2019 under terms agreed upon when the pact was negotiated in 2015. Trump has attributed the economic growth to his policies, touting the number of jobs he has created and the performance of the stock market, which has reached record highs.

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Obama, who enacted the Paris deal, is expected to speak Tuesday afternoon.

Dubbed the "Chicago Climate Charter", Plante and the more than 50 other mayors at the C40 conference are essentially committing to doing what Donald Trump has rejected: following the guidelines outset in the Paris Climate Accord.

"But the good news is that the Paris agreement was never going to solve the climate crisis on its own", Obama stated. "Obviously we're in an unusual time when the United States is now the only nation on earth that does not belong to the Paris agreement", Obama said.

"And cities and states and businesses and universities and nonprofits have emerged as the new face of American leadership on climate change".

There are many specific pledges in the charter signed today, including: investing in public transit and reducing the carbon footprint in new and existing buildings and infrastructure. "Even as Washington fails to act, cities have the power and will to take decisive action to protect our planet and the health and safety of our residents".

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