President Donald Trump still hasn’t made up his mind on whether he’ll keep the United States part of the 2015 Paris agreement, even though everyone from the Vatican to ExxonMobil have called for America to stick with the deal. But China, Canada, and the European Union (EU) aren’t going to sit around and wait for him to make his decision. They’ve formed a pact for continued climate action regardless of where the Trump administration stands.
Officials from the two countries and the EU met in Berlin on Tuesday. China’s special envoy on climate change Xie Zhenhua, Canada environment minister Catherine McKenna, and EU Climate and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete talked about climate leadership and how to keep momentum going should Trump yank America out of the agreement. They’ve also planned a meeting at the ministerial level backing the agreement for September.
According to Bloomberg, the new pact is a signal that Trump and America will become detached from other nations on the planet. Since the historic deal was signed by nearly 200 countries, only the United States has indicated they may leave the agreement. At the recent Petersberg Climate Dialog, McKenna said, “It’s very important that we continue the shared programs on climate change. There is a need to bring together key players.” She said Canada, China, and the EU are in a good position to gather other countries together for talks on how to move forward.
Xie said China has been questioned recently on what they’ll do about the Paris agreement as Trump dithers over whether to keep the United States in the deal or not; he said China, one of the world’s biggest polluters, will stick to their word, and “all signatories should stick to it instead of walking away.”