The Paris Climate Agreement

The Paris Climate Agreement

Jordan Bivins

In December 2015, President Barack Obama announced that the United States along with 200 other countries would be joining the Paris Climate Agreement . On Nov. 4, 2020 president Donald Trump withdrew the United States from this agreement. Then on Jan. 20, 2021 newly appointed president Joe Biden re-entered the Paris Climate Agreement. After a series of joining and leaving the Paris Climate Agreement, many are left wondering what the importance of this agreement really is. According to Melissa Denchak from the Natural Resources Defence Council, “The Paris Agreement is a landmark international accord that was adopted by nearly every nation in 2015 to address climate change and its negative impacts. The agreement aims to substantially reduce global greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to limit the global temperature.” The agreement also provides a way for developed countries to help developing countries in their effort to help the climate. There are currently 197 countries who have joined the agreement, 189 of those countries have solidified their formal agreement; not counting the rejoining of president Biden. 

There were a variety of reasons that former president Trump left the Paris Climate Agreement. Some of those were the cost of being in the agreement and that president Trump believed being in the Paris Climate Agreement put the United States at a disadvantage even though almost all of the countries in the world are in the agreement. When the United States left the Paris Climate Agreement, it put the agreement in a lurch. They were left with much less funds and less of a way to enforce their standards. This has become a problem for the organization because many countries apart of the agreement are not doing their part and are actually polluting more than they were previously. 

On Jan. 20, 2021 many were confused as to why the United States would be rejoining the agreement.“I think it is very important that the US demonstrates once again that it will take the global climate change challenge seriously.” John Holdren, the former director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and current Harvard professor, said. It is important for the work to know that America cares about our earth and wants to do what we can to help.  It has been one of Biden’s promises since the beginning of his campaign. In general, I believe that the world should always be working to save our Earth. None of us exist without this Earth, and the way it’s been treated for the last century and more does not show that we care for it the way it deserves. Now more than ever it’s important to do all you can to make your carbon footprint as small as it can be to help the Earth.