Friday 19th February 2021
Cheers over “key moment”
USA are back in the Paris climate agreement
The new US President Joe Biden does away with numerous decisions made by his predecessor. One of Biden’s first decisions: the US will join the global effort to save the planet. This step has now been taken.
After the exit under ex-President Donald Trump, the US is now officially part of the Paris Climate Agreement again. At dawn on Friday on the US east coast, the United States returned to the historic treaty of 2015, according to the UN.
The Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, described the US step on Thursday as a “key moment” on the way to more sustainable climate protection. He also praised the strengthening of US climate policy carried out by the administration of the new President Joe Biden, which also includes the reversal of some steps by the Trump administration.
John Kerry will take care
Biden had initiated the return to the climate agreement as one of his most pressing tasks on his first day at work on January 20 – a 30-day deadline had expired on Friday, which completes the re-entry. Under Trump, the US officially withdrew from the UN agreement to limit climate change at the beginning of November. The United States has the second highest greenhouse gas emissions in the world after China, with significantly fewer inhabitants.
Biden says he wants America to become a leading nation in the fight against global warming. For this he made a political heavyweight with the former US Secretary of State John Kerry as the White House’s special envoy to the climate.
Kerry and Guterres are due to attend an event to mark the US re-entry into the treaty on Friday. The aim of the Paris Agreement is to limit climate change to well below two degrees. So far, however, the states’ plans to save greenhouse gases are far from being sufficient to achieve this.