World Bulletin / News Desk
“We hope that the other countries will not follow Trump saying, 'If USA did it, I will also do it.’ If they follow [him], this will cause the Paris deal to collapse,” Mehmet Emin Birpinar, Turkey’s chief negotiator for climate change talks, said on Friday.
The Paris Agreement, spearheaded by Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping, and signed by 195 countries in April 2016, aims to fight climate change by reducing carbon emissions and limiting global temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius.
“If the Paris deal does not work, we cannot reach the targets [established by the agreement]. This will also make the world vulnerable to expected disasters within the coming 100 years,” Birpinar added, calling on all the signatory countries to "take on the responsibility in order to prevent a catastrophe."
On Thursday, U.S. President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the accord aimed at combating climate change, breaking with the overwhelming majority of the international community.
During his election campaign, Trump called global warming "a hoax" and promised to scrap the agreement and return jobs to the coal industry that is often targeted by environmentalists.