15 states now defy Trump by upholding the Paris climate accord

Cheryl Sanders
September 22, 2017

The Summit will convene leaders from subnational governments, businesses and civil society to demonstrate the groundswell of ambitious climate action around the world, marking the first time a US state has hosted an global climate change conference with the direct goal of supporting the Paris Agreement. On a per capita basis, economic output in Alliance states expanded twice as fast as in the rest of the country, showing that climate action and economic growth go hand in hand, according to Cooper's statement.

But three months after President Donald Trump announced plans to withdraw the USA from the agreement, Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega said he will sign onto the accord in a show of support for countries suffering from disasters caused by climate change. "And the reality is climate change is occurring".

"We have to be in solidarity with this large number of countries that are the first victims, who are already the victims and are the ones who will continue to suffer the impact of these disasters and that are countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, of the Caribbean, which are in highly vulnerable areas", Ortega said.


We will soon adhere; we will sign the Paris Agreement.

During the press conference, the attendees lambasted the president's choice to pull out of the agreement.

In a speech at the United Nations General Assembly, May mentioned the Paris deal as an example of how countries can work together to promote "fairness, justice and human rights".

Ortega's announcement this week ramps up pressure on the White House to reverse Trump's decision.

And a new report highlights their efforts to combat climate change and reduce carbon emissions.

The process of withdrawing from the accord can not begin for another few years, and won't be complete until November 2020.

The British PM warned that undermining global institutions - including the United Nations - threatened countries' national interests.

"I believe that the only way for us to respond to this vast array of challenges is to come together and defend the worldwide order that we have worked so hard to create and the values by which we stand", she said.

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