Reacting to reports today (31 May) that Donald Trump will pull the US out of
the Paris Climate Agreement, Craig Bennett, Friends of the Earth CEO said:
“Friends of the Earth will campaign vigorously against any trade deal with
the US if it turns its back on its global responsibility to tackle climate
change – one of the biggest challenges the world faces.
“The next five years are a watershed moment for our climate. Only if we act
now can we hope to prevent catastrophic climate change destroying homes and
livelihoods here in the UK and fuelling starvation and refugee crises across
“This short-sighted and dangerous decision will be met by opposition around
the world: from ordinary people, to scientists, and political leaders –
making the US a global outcast.
“Whoever becomes the next UK Prime Minister, they must now step up on
climate action and show that our ‘special relationship’ with the US
cannot extend to supporting a nation that would so flippantly jeopardise the
climate for future generations.”