French President Emmanuel Macron used his historic speech before a joint session of Congress on Wednesday to urge President Trump to reconsider his decision to abandon the Paris climate change deal, warning that there was no “Planet B.”
Macron said climate change is a long-term problem that won’t go away, and that gives him confidence the United States will either stay in the agreement or come back if it does leave.
“I’m sure, one day, the United States will come back and join the Paris agreement. And I’m sure we can work together to fulfill with you the ambitions of the global compact on the environment,” Macron told the House and Senate.
President Trump announced in June 2017 that he would pull the United States out of the historic pact that was reached in 2015 in Paris with the help of the Obama administration.
“I believe in building a better future for our children, which requires offering them a planet that is still habitable in 25 years,” he said.
When greenhouse gas emissions go unchecked, biodiversity plunges and ocean pollution rises, “we are killing our planet,” Macron added.
“Let us face it: There is no Planet B.”
French President Macron to Congress: "We are killing our planet. Let us face it: There is no Planet B.” pic.twitter.com/jxDSoGobmz
— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 25, 2018
“On this issue, it may happen we have disagreements between the United States and France. It may happen, like in all families. But that’s, for me, a short-term disagreement. In the long run, we will have to face the same realities, and we’re just citizens of the same planet,” he said.
“Let us work together in order to make our planet great again, and create new jobs and new opportunities, ones of guarding our earth,” Macron continued.
What is the meaning of our lives if we spend it destroying the future of our children ? pic.twitter.com/HbfxlPCXkn
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) April 25, 2018