Russian President Vladimir Putin has refused to criticize Donald Trump on his decision to quit the landmark Paris climate accord.
The idea of the Paris climate accord was that every country, rich and poor, would set goals to curb carbon emissions in an effort to avert the worst effects of climate change. Scientific studies show that if the world’s carbon emissions continue unchecked, atmospheric temperatures will continue to rise. The planet won’t just be hotter, but it will also suffer from rising sea levels, more powerful storms, droughts that lead to food shortages and other extreme conditions.
“Don’t worry be happy’, were President Putin’s words at an economic forum in St. Petersburg. President Putin went ahead to state that the best course of action is to create circumstances where world leaders can work together to redefine the accord, and that the world needs to take the Paris agreement as a starting point and work from there.
The decision to pull out of the deal came as a surprise, a deal which his predecessor’s administration had made a priority and played a lead role in creating. There have been many critics of this decision, but Donald Trump holds the view that the deal hurts American workers and jobs and that he will work to tailor a better deal with the world.
The leaders of France, Italy, and Germany in a rare joint statement stated that “We deem the momentum generated in Paris in December 2015 irreversible and we firmly believe that the Paris Agreement cannot be renegotiated, since it’s a vital instrument for our plant societies and economies”.
The Paris climate accord is important to all states in the international system as it especially deals with issues of sustainable development, although the United States has decided to pull out of it, the accord is still operational and states have reiterated their position to honor the accord.