Former President Barack Obama has arrived in Milan, Italy, to deliver a keynote speech on climate change and food security at Tuesday’s Seeds and Chips Global Food Innovation Conference, after Trumps pledges to discard the Paris climate accords.
Former President Barack gave a keynote address at the “Seeds & Chips” summit on Tuesday, in hopes that we can “bring food and technology together, from farm to fork and beyond.” Obama’s programme is part of the ongoing campaigns he and his wife Michelle Obama initiated when they first came to power in the US.
Climate change awareness leads to economic growth and political stability
“During the course of my presidency, I made climate change a top priority because I believe that of all the challenges that we face, this is the one that will define the contours of this century, more dramatically perhaps than any other,” the former president said in statement, according to CNN. “We have been able to bring our emissions down even as we grow our economy. The same is true in many parts of Europe.”
Obama, who was speaking at the Seeds & Chips Global Food Innovation Summit in Milan, Italy, stressed on the fact that the planet’s changing climate was already “making it more difficult to produce food” and said that shrinking fields and rocketing food prices were, more or less, bringing about political instability.
Trump administration discards the accord
On one hand, the former US president did not pick holes in the current Trump administration policy.
“The current administration has differences with my administration in terms of energy policy, and that’s part of what happens in democracy. So there will be useful debate that takes place in America,” Obama said.
Obama’s address comes after the Trump administration makes it clear that the US will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. The conservative and nationalist factions run counter to the act. The president can merely retreat from the 2015 accord, as it was not constituted by Congress.
When current president Donald Trump stood for election in 2016, he made it clear that he plans to void the climate agreement.
“We’re going to cancel the Paris climate agreement and stop all payments of United States tax dollars to UN global warming programs,” President Trump said in a statement in May 2016. “This agreement gives foreign bureaucrats control over how much our energy and how much we use right here in America. So foreign bureaucrats are [going to] be controlling what we’re using and what we’re doing on our land in our country. No way. No way.”
The Paris accord
The Paris climate accord is a global agreement that was formulated in 2015, in hopes of alleviating the most severe impacts of climate change. It came into effect on 4 November 2016.
145 countries either have confirmed or accepted it. Each country have to design a voluntary plan to alleviate emissions, in hopes of keeping the global increase in temperatures below 2°C.