The Paris Agreement is a binding international climate treaty, adapted to the ambitions and capabilities of all nations. It was adopted at the end of COP21 and is also an additional protocol to the UNFCCC. While its main objective is to limit the average temperature increase to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to less than 1.5 degrees Celsius above this level, the Paris Agreement also aims to strengthen adaptability and resilience to the effects of climate change and to implement financial flows tailored to these goals. The UN report warns that the terrible effects of climate change will come sooner than expected. This is why we need to follow the report`s advice and why every tonne of emissions reduction can make a difference. In short, the agreement does not eliminate coal jobs, it only transfers those jobs from the United States and the United States and ships them overseas. This agreement is not so much about climate as it is about other countries gaining a financial advantage over the United States. The rest of the world applauded when we signed the Paris Agreement — they went wild; they were so happy – for the simple reason that it put our country, the United States of America, which we all love, in a very, very great economic disadvantage. A cynic would say that the obvious reason for the economic competitors and their desire to stay in the agreement is that we continue to suffer this great self-inflicted economic injury. It would be very difficult to compete with other countries in other parts of the world. President Obama was able to formally enshrine the United States in the agreement through executive measures because he did not impose new legal obligations on the country. The United States already has a number of instruments on the books, under laws already passed by Congress to reduce carbon pollution. The country officially joined the agreement in September 2016, after submitting its request for participation.
The Paris Agreement was only able to enter into force after the formal accession of at least 55 nations representing at least 55% of global emissions. This happened on October 5, 2016 and the agreement came into force 30 days later, on November 4, 2016. Although the United States and Turkey are not parties to the agreement, as they have not indicated their intention to withdraw from the 1992 UNFCCC, they will continue to be required, as an “Annex 1” country under the UNFCCC, to end national communications and establish an annual inventory of greenhouse gases.  Man-made global warming will affect humans, wildlife and habitats. We must come together and reduce emissions immediately and aggressively to save the Earth as we know it. Recent reports from international climate scientists and the U.S. federal government have highlighted the serious risks associated with inaction. The difference between warming above 1.5 degrees Celsius and reaching or exceeding 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) is strong; the risk of heat waves, floods, Arctic ice-free summers and habitat loss, and more, increases at every moment when we do not act.
The end of the climate crisis is crucial to our collective well-being, but no country can stop the damage alone. The Paris Agreement is unprecedented in the near unanimity of the nations that brought it together on this issue and is the best way to ensure the global cooperation needed to combat climate change. Taking part in an election campaign promise, Trump – a climate denier who has claimed that climate change is a “hoax” perpetrated by China, announced in June 2017 his intention to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement.