John Kerry Visits Antarctica, Vows to Do 'Everything Possible' to Prevent Trump From Dismantling Paris Agreement
U.S. Sec. of State John Kerry, while speaking in New Zealand Nov. 13, vowed to do "everything possible" to prevent president-elect Donald Trump from pulling the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement.
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"I believe the evidence is clear, and the question now that we, this administration, are going to continue to address is how we will implement the Paris Agreement," Kerry said. "And until January 20th when this administration is over, we intend to do everything possible to meet our responsibility to future generations to be able to address this threat to life itself on the planet.
"We will wait to see how the next administration addresses this, but I believe we're on the right track, and this is a track that the American people are committed to because the majority of the American people believe climate change is, in fact, happening and want to see us address it."
On Friday, before heading to New Zealand and the United Nation's COP22 in Morocco, Kerry visited Antarctica to get a firsthand glimpse of the impact climate change is having on the southernmost continent of our planet. He became the highest-ranking U.S. official ever to visit the South Pole.
A U.S. Air Force C-130 cargo plane—carrying U.S. Sec. of State John Kerry—idles at the Williams Skiway in Antarctica. Photo credit: State Department
Sec. Kerry walks away from a U.S. Air Force C-17 cargo plane at the Pegasus Ice Field after arriving in Antarctica. Photo credit: State Department
U.S. Sec. of State John Kerry and his traveling party look at an Adélie penguin after it approached them at a U.S. research station. Photo credit: State Department
An Adélie penguin waddles toward U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his traveling party. Photo credit: State Department
A rookery of Adélie penguins in Cape Royds, Antarctica. Photo credit: State Department
A glacier flowing through a section of the McMurdo Dry Valleys. Photo credit: State Department
Sec. Kerry speaks with National Science Foundation Division of Antarctic Sciences Director Scott Borg inside the hut in Cape Royds, Antarctica, where explorer Ernest Shackleton and 14 other men lived in 1908. Photo credit: State Department
Provisions brought by explorer Ernest Shackleton in 1908. Photo credit: State Department
Sec. Kerry signs a guestbook where explorer Ernest Shackleton lived. Photo credit: State Department
The crew walk on volcanic rock near the hut in Cape Royds. Photo credit: State Department