Conservation International Statement in Reaction to President Trump’s Decision to Withdraw from Paris Climate Agreement
June 1, 2017
ARLINGTON, Va. (June, 1, 2017) – The following statement was released today by Peter Seligmann, co-founder, chairman and CEO of Conservation International:
“President Trump’s decision today to begin the process of withdrawing from the Paris Agreement is a setback for the national and economic security of the United States. It prevents our nation from having a seat at the table as the global community creates solutions for addressing climate change. This decision isolates the United States, just as our allies and our citizens most need to come together to design new technologies and new ways to manage the ecological health of our extraordinary home, Earth.
Fortunately, the president’s action will not undo the momentum coming from businesses, investors, governments and citizens all around the world to address climate change. The Paris Agreement remains a pillar of international cooperation, backed by nearly every nation on Earth. Already, China and the European Union are asserting renewed leadership to lead the world forward on climate. The agreement also remains a guiding light for millions of Americans, our business community and states for addressing this shared challenge. Governments that work to address the factors of climate change will benefit from cleaner energy, healthier populations and stronger economies. As we forge ahead, Conservation International’s climate commitment — built upon a strong foundation of science and field demonstration — is to encourage and to engage with partners around the globe to reduce the threat of climate change by protecting the forests and ecosystems that can provide at least 30 percent of the solution needed to avoid the worst effects of climate change.”
About Conservation International
Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, Conservation International works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about Conservation International and its groundbreaking “Nature Is Speaking” campaign, and follow Conservation International’s work on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.