The government of St Lucia has reaffirmed its committed to the global agreement on climate change.
The Minister of Sustainable Development, Gale Rigobert said St Lucia has a moral obligation to curb global emissions.
She spoke against the backdrop of a decision by President Donald Trump to withdraw the United States from the global climate change deal known as the Paris Climate Accord.
“We have come too far, achieved too much to allow the announcement by the US to halt or to stall our efforts with respect to climate action as we know first-hand the effects of climate change and the importance of ensuring that we curb the negative effects of climate change,” Rigobert said.
Rigobert said the US decision affords other signatories to increase their ambition and commitment to the fulfilment of the Paris agreement.
The Paris Agreement commits signatories to efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming, which is blamed for melting ice caps and glaciers, rising sea levels and an increase in extreme weather events.
They vowed to take steps to keep the worldwide rise in temperatures “well below” two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) from pre-industrial times and to “pursue efforts” to hold the increase under 1.5 degrees Celsius.
There has been worldwide condemnation of Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the agreement that was signed in 2015.
Rigobert said St Lucia needs to continue to collaborate with other international partners who share an equal moral and legal obligation to the fulfillment of the Paris Agreement.