G7: French President Macron must stand firm against dangerous Trump agenda.

This weekend, at the G7 meeting in Taormina, Sicily, all eyes will be on newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron. While many citizens, journalists and politicians have warmly welcomed his election, the challenges that await the young President are numerous and the pressure immense. This is especially true when it comes to climate change.

Since the election of Donald Trump to the head of the second most polluting country in the world, the issue of climate change has become ever more important. Worrying signals are coming from the other side of the Atlantic almost every day. Just a few weeks ago, G7 energy ministers failed to sign a joint statement on climate change because of objections from the US.

With President Trump set to announce his decision on whether or not his country will remain in the Paris Agreement just after the G7 meeting, Macron must step up and take on the role as  guardian of the treaty that was sealed in his own country just a year and a half ago. This G7 meeting will be the first test not only of his diplomatic skills but also of his own commitment to defending the climate deal. The new president must stand firm against the dangerous Trump agenda.

Expectations are extremely high. Last year at the COP22 in Marrakesh, and again during the recent UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn,  all countries reiterated their commitment to cut their emissions to keep global warming well below 2°C. The outcome of the next G7 meeting is therefore of critical importance in maintaining the good working atmosphere of the negotiations and speeding up the transition to a green economy.

 

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