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Atchafalaya River An aerial view of the flooded areas along the Atchafalaya River outside of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. © David Y. Lee

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The Nature Conservancy Reacts to Finalization of U.S. Withdrawal from the Paris Agreement

Today the withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is complete, after the Trump Administration filed its paperwork to do so on August 4, 2017 and has now completed the process.

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“In 2017, when President Trump announced his intention to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, it was the wrong move,” said John Verdieck, Director of International Climate Policy for The Nature Conservancy. “It’s still the wrong move. We are seeing impacts of the climate emergency across the United States, whether it’s increased severity and frequency of hurricanes on the East and Gulf Coasts, or increased severity and frequency of wildfires in the west. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission back in September reported that climate change poses a significant risk to the American economy and is already impacting financial markets, commercial and residential real estate, the agricultural sector, infrastructure, human productivity, and the insurance industry. That’s why two in three Americans are at least somewhat worried about climate change.”

If we are to keep climate change at manageable levels, we need all countries to implement the Paris Agreement and make commitments to reduce emissions through trust and cooperation.

John Verdieck Director of International Climate Policy for The Nature Conservancy

“The Paris Agreement is the most significant global signal that the world recognizes the urgency and scope of the climate crisis. Its framework, which has been accepted by just about every other country including both China and India, offers flexibility in making emissions reduction commitments while holding nations accountable. If we are to keep climate change at manageable levels, we need all countries to implement the Paris Agreement and make commitments to reduce emissions through trust and cooperation. Any American president should restore us to the Paris Agreement, consistent with the will of the American people, the demands of the planet and the need of the nation to remain relevant and competitive economically.”

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 79 countries and territories, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.