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TTC Special. Alarm in the Caribbean: Trump withdraws US from Paris agreement

TTC Special. Alarm in the Caribbean: Trump withdraws US from Paris agreement

Climate change is a global treath. Photo: nito500/123RF

TTC Press Service.- The Caribbean region has received with deep concern the decision of the new president of the United States Donald Trump to withdraw his country from the Paris climate agreement, a treaty that is a hope for the paradisiac islands already struggling against the aftermath of global warming.

One of the first Caribbean reactions has come from the Dominica Senator Francine Baron that urged the United States to reconsider its decision. According to Baron, the small island developing states (SIDS), particularly Caribbean islands, are significantly affected already by drastic changes in weather conditions.

The senator cited by the Dominica press said the withdrawal of the second largest emitter of the greenhouse gases from the Paris climate accord “is a major concern to small states.”

She added at the recent general assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Mexico that “climate change in fact poses an existential threat to at least 13 of the 34 member states of this organization and many others”.

“We therefore use this forum to urge the United States of America to reconsider its decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate accord.” Baron addressed the forum on the issue of climate change as it relates to Dominica and other small island developing states.

The Senator described “the impact of more severe hurricanes and the destruction of our most valued tourism assets, our beaches and coral reefs, and the damage to our infrastructure that threaten to reverse the developmental gains that we have made”.

According to the Senator’s opinion “our efforts to attain the 2030 sustainable development goals of the United Nations cannot be achieved without dealing with the causes of climate change.”

She also used the forum to reconfirm Dominica’s commitment to realizing the 2030 sustainable development goals of the OAS and upholding the established laws.

She pledged that the island is committed to holding true to the values of the charter and the instruments that emanate from the competent authorities of the OAS, as well as upholding the rule of law and strengthening of the country’s democratic institutions as outlined in the Inter-American democratic charter.

The American press agency AP reported in a recent article that top scientists say it was already likely that Earth’s temperatures and the world’s seas will keep rising to a point where some island states may not survive through the next 100 years.

President Trump this month said he’d withdraw the United States from the climate deal, prompting leaders of vulnerable islands to talk about their future with a mixture of defiance, hope and resignation. AP report added.

The agency cited Hans-Otto Poertner, a German scientist who chairs the climate impacts study group for the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. “The chances are even less with the U.S. pulling out of the climate agreement in Paris” he said.

“If we really push into action, we can save some (small islands) but we may not be able save all of them”, he added.

Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine told The Associated Press that “I cannot give up on my people and my country and my culture. It’s very important for us to be optimistic”.

AP said that Heine and other island leaders are putting their hope in strong pollution curbs by China, other nations, individual American states and cities, as well as improved technology.

The report revealed that “to small island nations where the land juts just above the rising seas, the U.S. pulling out of the Paris global warming pact makes the future seem as fragile and built on hope as a sand castle.