Could there be anything more symbolic of the high stakes of the US election, for America and for the world?


First published in November 2020.


Today, the United States formally leaves the 2015 Paris Agreement to fight climate change.

That it is happening the day after US election day has nothing to do with the result of the American presidential election.

It’s been a year since President Donald Trump’s administration notified the United Nations that America would exit the climate agreement. Formalities meant that November 4, 2020 — the day after the US election — is the earliest that the country can withdraw.

The Guardian, 5 November 2019

Could there be anything more symbolic of the high stakes of the US election, for America and for the world?

The US, the world’s second-biggest carbon polluter, is the first country to quit the 189-nation Paris agreement.

Countries that have ratified or signed the Paris agreement as of November 4, 2020. | Statista

The effrontery of it all, as well as the selfishness and heedlessness, is obvious. Unfortunately, it’s of a piece with the Trump administration’s view of climate change and America’s responsibilities.

Mr Trump’s Democratic challenger, Joe Biden has vowed to put the US back in the Paris agreement.🔷



Rashmee Roshan Lall, Journalist, World affairs columnist.


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[This piece was originally published in Medium and re-published in PMP Magazine on 4 November 2020, with the author’s consent. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]

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