Following the election of Donald Trump last week, many treaties and policies may have been suggested for reform and adjustment, some of which are yet to be implemented at all. One such example of this may be the Paris Agreement, which endeavours to protect the world from climate change in the aims of empowering future generations.
However, the president-elect seems to be addressing the implementation, model of the treaty and be planning to call for their removal so as to preserve his world-view, leading current Secretary of State John Kerry to announce his aims to bind America to the accord before Trumps inauguration. Ever since research began to show how the carbon dioxide level in the atmosphere has excelled above levels which scientists have observed across the thousands of years of history which they have explored, the UN and EU have begun to take preventative measures. Along with this, NASA discusses how the global sea level may have risen by 17 centimetres in the last century, and ice cap density and spread may also have changed rapidly across this time, leading the world to decide to take action before the effects are entirely permanent.
The treaty itself may have been in motion since December last year, and was proposed by the UN following reports showing how the planet and its population are approaching an important moment in their lifetime, and Earth requires an active engagement in environmental health and preservation in order to prevent further predictions from becoming reality. In as much, the aims of the agreement are to control emission across the 195 countries, build resilience and promote both regional and international cooperation, striving for a healthier world and regional relations in the process.
The Secretary of State under Obama’s leadership, John Kerry, may have long been an advocate for climate change, and recently may have travelled to Antarctica in order to explore and experience the effects of the rising global temperature. As a proud advocate for climate change prevention and international relations, John Kerry has made it clear publicly on many occasions his belief in the aims and ambitions of the Paris Agreement, signing the papers on behalf of America earlier this year.
On the other hand, Donald Trump has made his reservation regarding climate change apparent as far back as the last elections in 2012, yet remained largely silent upon the matter from late 2015 through until his election last week, suggesting that perhaps he has taken his campaign as time to reflect and consider his belief on the topic. However, there are extant recordings of his beliefs on the topic, such as his appearance at the Williston Basin Petroleum conference in North Dakota, at which he announced his desire to “cancel the Paris climate agreement.” Trump also appeared on the Hugh Hewitt show in order to communicate some of his desires and aims for when he became President in September last year, stating “I believe there’s weather. I believe there’s change, and I believe it goes up and it goes down, and it goes up again. And it changes depending on years and centuries.”
It seems as though his belief lies in climate change as a course of nature, which may prove challenging for those in support of the Paris Agreement. In October 2016, one of the few statements on the accord itself was released, with Deputy Policy Director for the Trump campaign Dan Kowalski stating the ways in which the treaty may need amendments for “the interests of the American people.”
With the apparent increasing intrigue around the subject in addition to the awareness between many of the worlds countries and their citizens, it may appear as though the population’s eyes remain on America once more. Whatever the outcome of the agreement is, the consideration and discussion of the topic across media platforms across the world may demonstrate both present and future opportunities for collaboration and debate.
How may society link the protection of the planet with the protection of policy?