G7 Summit Goes Awry
The Paris Climate Deal was a difficult consensus to reach. Member nations of the G7 summit came together in 2016 to help find a solution to climate change. The United States is an influential, powerful country. Inclusion in the Climate Deal was an integral part of bringing a solution. The 2017 G7 summit brought on a few newcomers. British PM Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron, and U.S President Donald Trump. The main goal was to discuss the Manchester terror attacks, and how to bring about more countermeasures against future attacks. Another goal, was to discuss climate change. Among that discussion, was Trump’s impending decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Deal. Six of the member nations urged him against it. Without the support of the United States, resolving climate change would prove extremely difficult.
In terms of industry and influence, the U.S is one of the most powerful countries in the world. As a result, any crucial decision made on behalf of this country, could have a number of effects for nations around the globe. When Trump announced his decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Deal, suffice it to say, people were shocked. Given that the current political party in power fiercely denies the existence of climate change, it should not come as a surprise that Trump formally made the announcement. The Paris Climate Deal itself is not nearly enough to make a drastic change to the already detrimental effects of climate change. However, it was a step in the right direction. In removing itself from the equation, the United States is no longer in a position to discuss nor negotiate climate change policies in the global context.
Local and state governments around the nation have implemented their own climate change policies and agreements. Because since the inception of the Trump administration, the federal government has been quite clear on where they stand on the issue of global warming. One of the proposed bills going through Congress is to terminate the EPA by the end of next year. The federal government has already defunded a large portion of the EPA. And this is only the beginning. Even by proposing the bill, the U.S has made their stance on climate change quite clear. If the Republican-led government continues with these extreme measures, they will turn the nation into a shadow of its former self. So far, our esteemed president has insulted numerous world leaders and been disrespectful towards their countries and policies. Sadly, this is only a few months into his administration.
The Next Step
As mentioned before, following the G7 summit, local and state governments nationwide adopted climate change policies. French President Emmanuel Macron stated that even without the U.S, his nation, among numerous others will strive to “make [the] planet great again”, as a play on Trump’s ubiquitous campaign slogan. Other member nations such as the U.K, Germany, and France, wield enough influence to make a solid difference. Having the United States on board would have helped to alleviate some of the pressure of such a daunting task. Nevertheless, the world is suffering, and these countries, are here to help.