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Opinion: Time to end the East vs. West narrative when it comes to Climate Change

In the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s announcement Thursday that the United States was pulling out of the Paris climate accord, there was no shortage of responses from the international community or, for that matter, from American business leaders and local and state governments.

The rest of the world expressed solidarity on Paris, from African Union Commission head Moussa Faki Mahamat – who said in May that addressing climate change in Africa may be the key to lasting peace – to President Emmanuel Macron of France and philanthropist Michael Bloomberg in New York City.

The African Union and European Union issued a joint statement reaffirming their commitment on climate, noting that this year’s COP23 in Bonn will serve as an opportunity to stand “with those most vulnerable to climate change” and the hard work of building resilient societies across the planet.

Neil Tackaberry

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