Saint Lucia’s Minister responsible for Sustainable Development, Doctor Gale Rigobert, following President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, has described the move as ‘deeply regrettable.’
She challenged the notion that climate change is a hoax.
“You ask the families who lost their loved ones on Christmas Eve three years ago whether it is a hoax. You ask farmers who suffer through extraordinary droughts :’Is climate change a hoax?’ You ask families on the African continent who go through months and months of famine: ‘Is climate change a hoax?’ “Rigobert told principals at a meeting today at the CSA Centre, Sans Souci.
She also spoke of communities that have been washed away by floods.
“The world leaders, by ratifying the Paris Climate Agreement expressed their explicit commitment to curbing climate change,” Rigobert later explained.
She said that the government of Saint Lucia reaffirms its strong commitment to full implementation of the Paris agreement.
According to the minister, climate change is a global challenge that requires a global response.
“This is the recognition that informed the spirit and content of the Paris Agreement,” Rigobert declared, adding that the momentum has been and will continue to be sustained especially by those who experience first hand the ‘horrific’ and sometimes deadly effects of climate change.
In announcing the US withdrawal from the climate agreement, President Donald Trump criticised the pact as harming his country’s economy.
The US is the world’s largest emitter of carbon, followed by China.
News of the US decision to quit the climate agreement comes as the world struggles to reduce carbon emissions to prevent global average temperatures from rising.
One hundred and ninety-five countries agreed to the climate pact in 2015, which was based on voluntary action and peer pressure to reduce carbon emissions.
Leaders in China, Europe and India have vowed to continue tackling global warming.