American politics have always been amusing or infuriating to watch; these feelings as not always mutually exclusive. June 1st, however, seemed like a day of reckoning for all the Trump-voters. Newspapers with ominous slogans splashed across them leave little to hope for. “Trump to Planet: Drop Dead” is one that catches the eye.
Trump’s “America First” campaign is delivering exactly what it promised. The logic and rationality of world leaders, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, climate experts, advisors and even his daughter fell on deaf ears; In fact, it was only recently that the US president met the Pope, who very befittingly gifted him his encyclicals on the need to protect the environment.
And yet, the world’s (second) most powerful person decided to make America turn its back on the future of Planet Earth.
Here’s a quick overview of the accord:
- It was signed in 2015 by 195 countries
- The aim was to curb greenhouse gas emissions
- Member countries were to review progress, strengthen ties and engage in climate diplomacy
- The objective was to lead the world by example
- Only 2 countries did not support it before the US: Syria, a country riddled with tragedies, inhumanities and despair; Nicaragua, “a renewable energy paradise” as quoted by the World Bank, that feels the agreement doesn’t go far enough!
The US is responsible for about 1/5th of global carbon emissions, second only to China. China and India, however, have renewed their pact to stay in the agreement, renewing their efforts to develop their economy whilst reducing their impact on the environment.
Trump’s move seems more to be a rebuke to world leaders than a calculated move for the benefit of the country he represents. The worrying part of the US’ move is that the country seems to want to isolate themselves from the rest of the world. By rebuking other world leaders.
Despite this, we must not lose hope.
Within the USA, Trump’s own advisors are pulling out of his administration in protest to his stance on climate change. Even mayors of different cities are stepping up and vowing to commit to environment-friendly movements and stand in solidarity for the future of the planet.
This is a testing period for the countries part of the agreement – will they have to double/strengthen their efforts without the US and can they keep up without them?
One can only hope that with the US alienating itself from the rest of the world, the rest of the world will unite as one for the greater good of the planet.
Only time will tell. Literally. Check out this carbon countdown clock for a dose of harsh reality:
This post isn’t about a brand really, I know. But it is an important subject. In some ways, it’s about Trump’s brand and how he’s stuck to it. Although contrasting in opinion and in every other aspect, President Macron too has stood by his policies and promises.
For those who are interested in working on the climate change challenge, check out the French President’s initiative here and help make our planet great again.