World vows to save Earth after Donald Trump snub

Europe, China stands united against Trump's decision to take US out of Paris climate change pact.

Berlin/ Brussels: China and Europe pledged on Friday to unite to save what German Chancellor Angela Merkel called “our Mother Earth”, standing firmly against President Donald Trump’s decision to take the United States out of the Paris climate change pact.

Mr Trump’s move was “a big mistake”, said Donald Tusk, one of the European Union’s top officials.

Other countries, including India, signalled their commitment to the accord. Russian President Vladimir Putin said that while the United States should have remained in the 2015 deal, he would not judge Mr Trump.

Mr Trump announced the withdrawal on Thursday, tapping into his “America First” campaign. He said participating in the pact would undermine the US economy, wipe out jobs, weaken national sovereignty and put his country at a disadvantage.

There was a mix of dismay and anger across the world.

France said it would work with US states and cities to keep up the fight against climate change. The governors of New York, California and Washington State have announced creation of a “climate alliance” committed to the Paris goals.

Germany’s car industry said Europe would need to reassess its environmental standards to remain competitive after the “regrettable” US decision.

The World Meteorological Organisation estimated that US’ withdrawal from the emissions-cutting accord could add 0.3 degrees Celsius to global temperatures by the end of the century in a worst-case scenario.

Germany’s Merkel, a pastor’s daughter who is usually intensely private about her faith, said the accord was needed “to preserve our Creation”.

“To everyone for whom the future of our planet is important, I say let’s continue going down this path so we're successful for our Mother Earth,” she said to applause from lawmakers.

At a meeting on Friday between Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and EU officials in Brussels, the leaders pledged full implementation of the Paris deal.

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