By Rida Ali, age 13
After President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement in early June, countries around the world are disappointed because of the effect its withdrawal may have globally and economically.
Citing Trump’s pullout, Turkey announced it will not ratify the deal. As a developing country, Turkey would receive money from a global climate fund to cut carbon pollution, rather than pay into it. By abandoning its commitments, the United States puts the fund’s financing goals in jeopardy.
Meanwhile, the rest of the world remains committed. The leaders of France, Germany and Italy say they will continue to support and fulfill the terms of the agreement with or without the United States. “Don’t be mistaken on climate: there is no plan B because there is no planet B,” stated French President Emmanuel Macron.
Russia has confirmed it will honor the climate deal, despite lost revenue from vast fossil fuel reserves which will remain in the ground. China, the world’s biggest polluter, has transitioned in recent years to become a leader in renewable energy technology.
Ratify: When a government makes a law official by voting on or signing it.