Last weekend the G20 summit took place in Hamburg. Although it was overshadowed by violent protests, the heads of state still sent an important signal: While Trumps maintains his position, and withdraws from the Paris Agreement, the other G19 nations expressed their commitment to the climate agreement and will join their efforts to slow global warming.
The statement of the G20 reads: “The leaders of the other G20 members state that the Paris agreement is irreversible” and “we reaffirm our strong commitment to the Paris agreement”.
The G19 also agreed on a climate and energy plan to support the Paris agreement, that should accelerate the transition towards “affordable, reliable, sustainable and low greenhouse gas emission energy systems as soon as feasible”.
French President Macron already announced his plans for another summit by the end of this year to “take further action on climate, notably on the financial front”. The main objective will be to raise financing for the projects that are part of the Paris agreement.
The world is ready to slow down climate change, even temporarily without the US. We do have the technology, the business models, affordable prices and the spirit to shift away from fossil fuels. In our Blog-Series #MakeOurPlanetGreatAgain leading up to the G20 summit, we’ve already shown how the energy transition can be successful and proved Mr. Trump’s statements against renewables wrong.
Now it is time to act: We need to start with regional projects and provide people in regional communities with the means to participate in the energy transition. This way, we can figure out how to combine the financial, technological and social impact of the transition towards renewables.
This story is a roundup of our series “Make our planet great again”. We intend to show Mr. Trump that the Paris agreement and the energy transition go far beyond idealism. We publishedonesuccess story per week until the G20 in Hamburg in July.