President Trump has skipped most of a summit meeting of Heads of State and Government to discuss the effects of climate change. As other leaders meet on Monday for the official launch of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the president will instead hold a meeting on the persecution of religious minorities and the government's efforts to support religious freedom.
White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham pointed out on Monday morning that he might still have time to appear at the climate summit. "His schedule is constantly changing, but I would not be surprised if he came by," she said in an appearance in Fox News.
And Mr. Trump came to a morning session where he listened to the climate discussion in the General Assembly. The President, who sits with the latest US Ambassador to the United Nations, Kelly Craft, and Vice-President Mike Pence, listened for ten minutes before launching his religious freedom event.
U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres, who is trying to end the construction of new coal-fired power plants by 2020 in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, did not want the countries supporting the expansion of coal production to have speaking time at the climate summit. According to reports, the heads of state and government of Australia and Japan do not address the summit either.
The world community and environmentalists are increasingly concerned aboutthat have outpaced scientists' models. A climate study in January showed that the oceans warm up much faster than previously thought. Since 1970, the ocean has warmed 40 percent more than previous estimates.
The UN has described on its website that global emissions "reach record levels and show no signs of peaks" and that the past four years have been the hottest record. "And this change, the UN says, is starting to have a" life-threatening "impact, as it causes more air pollution, heatwaves, and food security risk.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called on Heads of State and Government At the climate summit, the world will present "concrete, realistic plans" based on what they had already promised by 2020 to "cut greenhouse gas emissions by 45% over the next decade and bring net emissions to zero by 2050 .
In order to attendgovernments had to commit to further action and an additional reduction in the use of fossil fuels.
Mr. Trump has in the past also chose not to attend climate meetings whose participation in the annual G-7 climate meetings inQuebec in the Year 2018 was denied.
During his presidency, the President reversed many of President Obama's environmental initiatives to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, withdraw regulations such as the Clean Power Plan, and recently ended Californian authority to impose stricter fuel emission standards.
According to the provisions of the Paris Agreementwill be finalized on November 4, 2020, the day after the US presidential election.
The President also expressed skepticism about government investigations showing that carbon emissions are warming the planet and warning of possible catastrophic consequences if the trend continues.
Recentrevealed that most Americans refer to climate change as a factor in their choice.
The United States Summit in New York held speeches by leading figures such as New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macon. The topics range from the consideration of carbon neutrality over the termination of coal use to energy efficiency.
recently told CBS News in an interview that the summit is essential as the effects of climate change are a growing "global risk".
"You can not play a joke with it Nature strikes back and we see nature bounce back," he said.
Elsewhere, climate activists are taking to the streets to emphasize the seriousness of the warming climate of the world. In Washington, D.C.,to raise awareness of environmental issues.
The United Nations recently held its Youth Climate Summit – a meeting of young global climate fighters who organized worldwide demonstrations this year.