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Greenpeace Australia and Amnesty International condemn U.S. withdrawal from climate agreement

Donald Trump, climate change: World reacts to US withdrawal from Paris agreement,, 2 June 17 “………Greenpeace Australia Pacific condemned Mr Trump’s decision calling it reprehensible and destructive.

Greenpeace Climate and Energy Campaigner, Nikola Casule, said the President had betrayed the trust of nearly 200 nations.

“Real global leaders are taking urgent action on climate change,” he said.

“Other major parties to the historic Paris Agreement — including China, the EU and India — have signalled they remain firmly committed to the deal. At the very least, we expect that the rest of the nearly 200 nations will be stepping up and holding the US government to account.

“Australia must stand with them. Because global climate action is not a legal or political debate, it is a moral obligation to protect our planet and people.”

Describing the clean energy revolution as unstoppable Mr Casule said Mr Trump’s isolationist stance at this critical moment in history is morally reprehensible and attempts to derail global progress on climate change will fail.

The decision was also slammed by human rights groups who warned the world’s poorest people will suffer the worst consequences of this decision.

Margaret Huang, executive director of Amnesty International USA said Mr Trump’s decision to pull out of deal could result in a human rights catastrophe of epic proportions.

She warned the decision would set the world on a deadly collision course with disaster, war and insecurity

“Let there be no doubt, President Trump’s expected decision to withdraw the USA from the global climate deal is an assault on a range of human rights putting millions of people’s lives and wellbeing around the world in severe jeopardy,” she said.

“By refusing to join other nations in taking necessary steps to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change, the President is effectively saying: ‘Let them drown, burn and starve’.”

June 2, 2017 - Posted by | General News

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