Barack Obama brings political clout to negotiators from almost 200 governments as part of the United Nations climate talks in Scotland.
President Joe Biden, meanwhile, is back in office.
Obama’s appearance on the fringes of the climate negotiations was intended to remind governments of the fervor that surrounded the climate agreement, and pressured them to announce more immediate concrete steps towards achieving the 2015 agreement.
Obama said he’s confident a version of Biden’s $555 billion climate change bill will be approved in Congress in the coming weeks, despite opposition in the Democratic Party, which has blocked the bill.
‘It was particularly discouraging to see the leaders of two of the world’s largest emitters, China and Russia, decline to even attend the proceedings, and their national plans reflect what appears to be a dangerous absence of urgency,’ Obama said in prepared remarks.
Mr. Obama was addressing a meeting yesterday about Pacific island nations, including those threatened by rising oceans as a result of climate change.
“But those of us who live in wealthy nations, those of us who helped to precipitate the problem”Barack Obama
“But” those of us who live in rich countries but who have helped speed up global warming, will have an extra burden “we said.
There have been massive protests in Glasgow over the past few days, as well as across Europe by young people and others in a bid to speed up the struggle against global warming.
🔴 Live from #COP26
— UN Climate Change (@UNFCCC) November 8, 2021
Mr @BarackObama, I was 13 when you promised $100B #ClimateFinance. The US has broken that promise, it will cost lives in Africa. Earth's richest country does not contribute enough to life-saving funds. You want to meet #COP26 youth. We want action. Obama & @POTUS #ShowUsTheMoney pic.twitter.com/40HCsqA5s3
— Vanessa Nakate (@vanessa_vash) November 8, 2021
Five years ago, the Paris Agreement went into effect. Paris provided an important framework in the fight against climate change, but it wasn’t enough. That’s why I’ll be speaking in Glasgow on Monday about the road ahead and what young people in particular can do to help. pic.twitter.com/E7P3X6jtny
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 4, 2021