On Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed the prospect of US President-elect Joe Biden’s return to the Paris climate accord, saying countries now have a chance to “make our planet great again.”
His comments come on the heels of comments by other leaders who welcomed Biden’s victory as a boost to global cooperation on tackling climate change, after four years of inaction on climate under President Donald Trump.
In contrast to Trump, who has questioned climate science and pulled the United States out of the 2015 agreement, Biden has pledged to re-join the accord and invest $ 2 trillion to get the country away from using fossil fuels are leading to global warming.
Macron said that joining the United States again to the agreement, after its formal withdrawal on the fourth of November, will strengthen confidence in the agreement, which aims to prevent climate change, signed by about 200 countries.
“This is evidence that we must stand firm against all headwinds,” Macron said during an online summit hosted by the French government, stressing that “making our planet great again is possible not only by words but also by deeds.”
Biden has pledged to invite world leaders to climate talks during his first 100 days in office.
Climate change was already a prominent topic in his first conversations since his election with US allies and Pope Francis, but Biden could face restrictions that limit his ability to pass ambitious climate policies if the Republican Party continues to dominate the Senate.
European leaders hope the Biden administration’s focus on climate change will encourage other countries to pledge deeper emissions cuts ahead of the UN climate conference in Glasgow in November 2021.