In 2015, the Paris Agreement was signed by 195 countries in an effort to combat climate change. The accord aimed to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, with the ultimate goal of keeping it to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Unfortunately, there have been some countries that have decided to pull out of the agreement. These countries include:
1. United States of America
In June 2017, President Donald Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Paris Agreement, stating that the accord would have a negative impact on the economy and energy sector of the country. This decision was met with criticism from environmentalists and leaders around the world.
In 2018, Turkey announced that they would not ratify the Paris Agreement despite signing the accord in 2016. The Turkish government cited concerns over funding and technology transfers as reasons for its decision.
Russia signed the Paris Agreement in 2016 and ratified it in 2019, but then decided to withdraw from the agreement in 2020. The Russian government stated that the accord was not in its best interests and that it would not lead to a meaningful reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions.
Iran signed the Paris Agreement in 2016 but never ratified it. In 2017, Iranian officials announced that they would not be ratifying the accord, citing concerns about the impact on their country`s economy.
The decision by these countries to withdraw from the Paris Agreement has been a setback in the global effort to combat climate change. Without strong commitments from all countries, the goals of the accord may not be achieved. However, there is still hope. Many countries, including China and the European Union, have reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris Agreement and are taking strong actions to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. It is crucial that all countries work together to address this global challenge and protect our planet for future generations.