Obama to Speak as World Mayors Sign Chicago Climate Charter

Barack Obama in Paris

Former President Barack Obama is expected to address a gathering of mayors from around the globe convening in Chicago to discuss climate change after President Donald Trump said the USA will pull out of the Paris climate accord.

During the summit, mayors from all around the world inaugurated the Chicago Climate Charter, a first-of-its-kind global charter on climate change which is now signed from more than 50 mayors from around the world. Some mayors had to specifically agree to commit to expand public transportation and invest in natural climate solutions such as tree canopy and vegetation.

The Chicago Climate Charter itself commits mayors to reduce greenhouse gas emissions equal-to-or-more-than what's proposed in the Paris Agreement.

Former President Barack Obama jokingly thanked himself in a speech Tuesday while outlining the economic achievements of his administration.

"Climate is changing faster than our efforts to address it", said Obama, who noted that his administration's effort to deal with the issue "wasn't because of some ideological notions about the environment". I believe we will.

Obama didn't mention Trump by name, saying only that the US was in an "unusual" position as the sole country to reject the Paris agreement.

The president also pivoted in addressing Trump's mandate for the United States to bow out of the Paris agreement announced in June, treading carefully and skillfully without giving importance to the president's name.

He explained mayors are stepping up because there's no consensus from national governments. We're committed, all of us, to the Paris protocols.

Among theof what cities - including New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Washington - plan to do are to reduce greenhouse gas emission by up to 28% and also to track each city's goals.

The mayors attending the summit said now is the time to take it in their own hands on the local front to bring change.

The draft charter includes language nodding to such criticism and highlighting the need to include "voices that have not been traditionally a part of discussions regarding climate change".

Mayor Rahm Emanuel commented: "Rather than burying our heads in the sand, Chicago is working with cities across the country and around the world to address the threat of climate change".

Mayor Emanuel has continued to push his way forward in city sustainability and environmental protections.

"This leadership role has evolved very quickly because it has had to", Biskupski said.

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