The roller coaster ride of the 2016 election is finally over and Donald Trump has been named president-elect.
No matter where you stand on the presidency, we stand our ground on one issue of great importance: climate action.
We will do our part to maintain momentum on the progress made as a country to curb carbon emissions. We are hopeful for climate policy that embraces science and takes the United States forward as a leader in renewable energy, boosting our economy and bettering our future.
President-Elect Trump says nothing on his website about climate action.
Similar to Britain’s Theresa May, prime minister of the United Kingdom, Trump has promised to cut all federal spending on climate change, which he calls “wasteful.”
“We’re going to put America first,” said Trump. “That includes canceling billions in climate change spending for the United Nations, a number Hillary wants to increase, and instead use that money to provide for American infrastructure including clean water, clean air and safety.”
The campaign is over. Trump now finds himself on a global stage, where his peer group includes world leaders. He will need to navigate party politics, international agreements, and credible science.
Here is a roundup of the positions taken by world leaders on climate change – hopefully Trump will use his newly established power and position to listen, and to protect our most precious resource.
“Man is the worst enemy of man. We can see it with terrorism. But we can say the same when it comes to climate. Human beings are destroying nature, damaging the environment.”
— Francois Hollande, President of France
“We are taking all the right steps to solve this problem [climate change]. But right now, in accordance with our current stage of development, China’s current situation must consider the stability of the economy, the employment of workers.”
— China’s climate negotiator Xie Zhenhua
“In addressing climate change, it is important to focus on solutions that can help us reach our goals.”
— Narendra Modi, India’s President
“We must now agree on a bringing review mechanism under international law, so that this century can credibly be called a century of decarbonisation.”
— Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
“Brazil is one of a few developing countries to commit to an absolute emissions reduction target.”
— Dilma Rousseff, former President of Brazil
“In 2015, pretending that we have to choose between the economy and the environment is as harmful as it is wrong.”
— Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
“What we are talking about is survival, it’s not about economic development… it’s not politics, its survival.”
— Anote Tong, President of Kiribati
“The violence that exists the human heart is also manifested in the symptoms of illness that we see in the Earth, the water, the air, and in living thing.”
— Pope Francis
“Climate change has become one of the gravest challenges humanity is facing… Caused by global warming, hurricanes, droughts, floods and other anomalies are the source of economic damage.”
— Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation
“The UK is determined to play its part, not just by cutting our emissions at home but by providing support overseas to those who need it, particularly the poorest and most vulnerable.”
— David Cameron, former prime minister of Britain
He was replaced by Theresa May, who CLOSED the climate change department. Here’s what she said:
“I want to see an energy policy that emphasizes the reliability of supply and lower costs for users.”
— Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
We need to work together to maintain progress. Do you support climate action? Tweet to us @PaladinoandCo with your thoughts and use the hashtag #ActOnClimate.
You can also contact your state senators and let them know that climate change matters to you.