Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Sergio Bergman, today ratified Argentina’s dedication to the limits of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change after United States President Donald Trump declared his intention to have the US withdraw from the agreement on Thursday.
In an interview with Radio El Mundo, Bergman assured listeners that the government has been working to reduce the impact of global warming. The Minister went on to say that while the decision does “create a commotion,” Trump is more monitored at the time of effectively putting these types of groundbreaking announcements into action.
Bergman confirmed despite the United States’ new stance, Argentina will not look to stray from the responsibilities outlined in the agreements. He warned his colleagues and those familiar with the discussion of climate change that Trump’s words, and his decision to withdraw from the agreement, are dangerous and unproductive in nature.
He said that, while some people like Trump intend to abandon an important obligation to the environment, it should not waver the international community’s support of maintaining our planet. He said that the “statements and decisions of Trump must be taken as they are happening; they are big announcements, but in the practice, he is more moderate. Trump always posed that climate change is a fiction, but reality shows that’s not the case and that the future of our children depends on it.”
The Paris Agreement on Climate Change is in accord within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and seeks to curb greenhouse gas emissions through environmental restrictions on the more the more than 195 members of the UNFCCC.
Trump’s justification for withdrawing from the agreement mostly had to do with his administration’s vision and preoccupation for the US economy. Trump alleges that he is nervous that if the US were to remain attached to the agreement, they would be handicapped on the world economic stage.
He said, “This agreement is less about climate, and more about other countries gaining a financial advantage over the United States. The bottom line is that the accord is very unfair on the highest level to the United States. In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.” Trump assured Americans that there still exists a distant possibility of beginning new negotiations and even to reenter the Paris accord in the future.
In following through with retracting the US from the agreement, Trump is scratching off one of the more consistent campaign promises he made in in 2015 and 2016.”
Since Trump’s announcement, politicians, heads of state, and business leaders have begun to reprimand the US for their actions. Among them was former US President Barack Obama who later affirmed in a letter on Thursday that while Trump is trying to frame the agreement as a “handicap” to economic success, reality does not support that argument. “The nations that remain in the Paris Agreement will be the nations that reap the benefits in jobs and industries created.”
Earlier this year, the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs acknowledged that “Climate Change is one of the major challenges faced by mankind.” The Ministry promised to take on an active role in negotiation process during the upcoming Paris Agreements under the UN framework. As a result of their commitment to the accord, Argentina has committed to reducing the country’s carbon emissions by 15% from 2020 to 2030.