“Climate change is not going to wait for U.S. action and the rest of the world is clear it is moving forward,” said campaigner
By Lauren McCauley, staff writer for Common Dreams. Published 11-18-2016
Attendees of the United Nations climate conference in Marrakech, Morocco surround the words: “We Will Move Ahead.” (Photo: Greenpeace)
Underscoring the “climate pariah” that the United States is expected to become under a President-elect Donald Trump, world leaders concluded the United Nations climate talks on Friday by re-committing to the goals of the Paris accord and vowing to take swift action to reduce global emissions.
“We call for the highest political commitment to combat climate change, as a matter of urgent priority,” reads the Marrakech Action Proclamation (pdf), which was signed by 196 countries.
“Indeed, this year, we have seen extraordinary momentum on climate change worldwide,” it states. “This momentum is irreversible—it is being driven not only by governments, but by science, business, and global action of all types at all levels.” Continue reading