Friday, 23 February, 2018

Obama addresses mayors' summit on climate change in Chicago

Obama in Chicago on Tuesday for Rahm climate summit Valérie Plante one of many mayors to join Obama at climate summit in Chicago
Melissa Porter | 06 December, 2017, 01:46

Former President Obama is in Chicago addressing mayors on climate change, after President Trump made a decision to withdraw the US from the agreement.

Former President Barack Obama was invited to the summit and addressed the mayors, which included Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee.

This comes after President Donald Trump said in June that the USA will pull out of the Paris climate accord.

Some 100 leaders were invited to what President Emmanuel Macron called the One Planet Summit in July, following Mr Trump's announcement that he would withdraw the USA from the agreement that has been signed by 197 countries and territories.

"All the USA cities signing the charter are making commitments in support of America's Pledge, which sends a strong signal to the world that we will keep moving forward toward our Paris goal, with or without Washington".

Obama joined dozens of mayors meeting in Chicago. Credit Tannen Maury  European Press
Obama joined dozens of mayors meeting in Chicago. Credit Tannen Maury European Press

Chicago officials billed the North American Climate Summit, which began Monday evening, as the first of its kind for the city.

While she braces for federal budget cuts, she says this could signal investment from elsewhere.

The charter calls for mayors to achieve a percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions that's equal or more than outlined in the Paris agreement.

He says 51 mayors will sign a charter and discuss solutions including expanding access to public transportation.

Obama did not mention President Trump by name, but urged officials in attendance to continue efforts to combat climate change, regardless of the current administration's position.