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196 Countries Reaffirm Commitment to Paris Climate Deal, Isolating Trump Even More
Nearly 200 countries reaffirmed their unequivocal commitment for the Paris agreement in the Marrakech Action Proclamation, demonstrating a show of strength amid fears that Donald Trump would withdraw from the climate deal.
"We call for the highest political commitment to combat climate change, as a matter of urgent priority," reads the proclamation. Forty-seven of the world's most climate vulnerable nations, including Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Costa Rica, also pledged to aim for 100 percent renewable energy "as rapidly as possible."
"If Trump does the unthinkable and quits the Paris Agreement, it will be up to the rest of United States to make sure that we meet our climate targets with or without the White House," 350.org Executive Director May Boeve said.
"The Paris Agreement represents the bare minimum of what is necessary to preserve a livable planet. We need more action, not less. Scientists are very clear that we do not have four years to waste waiting for the United States to come back to the table. It's all of our responsibility to make sure we continue to raise the level of ambition rather than let Trump drag us under the rising seas," Boeve concluded.
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