The French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech at the One Planet Summit in Boulogne-Billancourt, near Paris, France, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. More than 50 world leaders are gathering in Paris for a summit that President Emmanuel Macron hopes to give a new impetus to the fight against global warming, despite the AMERICAN President Donald Trump’s rejection of the Paris climate agreement. (AP photo/Christophe Ena)
PARIS (AP) — The climate summit in Paris was designed to bypass Donald Trump, but the US president ended with the playing of a leading role.
Trump was the unsuspecting villain as the world leaders, investors, and other Americans was plagued by him Tuesday for the rejection of the Paris climate agreement.
To emphasize their point and prevent others from following his lead — they announced more than $1 billion in investments to make it easier for countries and industries of oil and coal.
The French President Emmanuel Macron used the top to grab the global spotlight, playing at Trump’s isolationist policy and the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and the internal weakness to position itself as the world’s moral compass on climate change.
“We are not fast enough,” Macron said, with the warning that the 2015 Paris climate agreement is “fragile.”
“It is time to act and to move faster and win this fight” against climate change, ” he said, basking in the attention after the collection of more than 50 world leaders and others in Paris.
Bill Gates, Richard Branson and other energy-managers and investment fund leaders announced a dozen international projects emerging from the top of that inject money into the efforts to curb climate change.
The President of the world bank Jim Yong Kim won rousing applause when he announced that his agency would stop with the financing of the oil and gas projects in the last two years.
The summit, co-organized by the U. N., the World Bank and Macron, was held on the second anniversary of the Paris climate agreement, that was ratified by 170 countries. More than 50 heads of state and government took part.
Trump was not invited, but he was ubiquitous.
One by one, the officials including the former California A. s. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the billionaire Michael Bloomberg and former U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry emphasized that the world will be a shift to cleaner fuels and reducing emissions, regardless of whether the Trump administration.
Centrally on the top was the control of Trump’s main argument is that the 2015 Paris agreement on curbing global emissions would hurt U.S. business.
Macron, a 39-year-old former investment banker, argues that the large companies and successful economies of the future will be the creation and use of sustainable energy instead of oil.
The projects, announced Tuesday a program for eight AMERICAN states to the development of electric vehicles, an investment fund for the hurricane-hit in the Caribbean and money from Gates foundation to help farmers adapt to climate change and the development of low-carbon technology.
The projects are also aimed at speeding up the end of the internal combustion engine to reduce the emissions that contribute to the warming of the earth.
Activists kept busy with protests — including one on a bridge at the location, an island in the Seine — calling for companies and governments to stop investing in oil and coal now.
Top government officials agreed with them, saying, the global financial system does not move quickly enough away from carbon emissions and towards renewable energy and business projects.
“The financial commitments are to flow faster through a more streamlined system and make a difference on the ground,” said Fiji prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, the island nation is among those in the front line of the sea-level rise and extreme storms made worse by man-made emissions.
“We are all in the same canoe,” the rich countries and the poor, ” he said.
The japanese Minister of Foreign affairs Taro Kono discusses ways of his country to invest in climate-monitoring technology and hydrogen energy, but he said: “We need more and better.”
Bloomberg, the former New York mayor, said environmentalists owe Trump a debt of “gratitude” for its role as a “rallying cry” for the fight against climate change. Bloomberg said that the private sector coalition called “America’s Promise” that promises, in honor of the climate targets in 2015, “now represents half of the U.S. economy.”
Brown, governor of California, argued against Trump’s plans to resurrect mining and said: “it is time for President Trump to join the rest of the world, not oppose it” on climate change.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Brown cited recent wildfires in his state as an example of extreme weather exacerbated by human-induced climate change.
On Monday, Macron awarded 18 climate scientists — most of them located in the U.S. millions of euros of subsidies to move to France for the rest of Trump’s term.
Merkel, who once was referred to as the “climate chancellor” for her efforts to curb global warming, faced criticism in Germany for not attending the summit.
In the Dutch city of the Hague, experts launched a plan Tuesday aimed at addressing threats created by water and food shortages.