ROME, JUNE 1 -“We are not turning back from the Paris Agreement. Italy is committed to reducing emissions, to renewable energies and sustainable development,” the Italian Prime Minister, Paolo Gentiloni, said following Donald Trump’s announcement that United States will withdraw from the climate pact, in spite of the large chorus of appeals, from Pope Francis to United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, who only yesterday warned the US President: “Green business is a good business.”
With or without Trump – “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris,” the American president proclaimed in a lengthy and at times rambling speech from the Rose Garden – Europe will still be united in its commitment to implement the Treaty, which was negotiated in December 2015 and signed by 195 parties (only Syria and Nicaragua, apart from the United States, are staying out): Italy, Germany and France said on Thursday they regretted U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord and dismissed his suggestion that the global pact could be revised.
“We deem the momentum generated in Paris in December 2015 irreversible and we firmly believe that the Paris Agreement cannot be renegotiated since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies and economies,” the leaders of the three countries said in a rare joint statement. Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron urged their allies to speed up efforts to combat climate change and said they would do more to help developing countries adapt.
After the failure of the G7 in Taormina, when Trump and the other industrialized world leaders did not reached a consensus on environmental, the next step will be in Bologna at the G7 of the Ministers of the Environment on June 11 and 12. There, Italian Minister Gian Luca Galletti will present a program of international green policies and will reaffirm the commitment of Europe, Japan and Canada to fight global warming (already clear in Taormina).
“We don’t go back,” said Galletti in Rome, presenting the 70 collateral events of the G7 Environment a few days ago: “Italy and Europe will remain anchored to the Paris Protocol agreements. The future of the planet is there, but there is also the future of the global economy. “
Galletti will put ambitious projects on the table: a European Environmental Marshall Plan for Africa and what he called a “New Deal for the Environment” that will cut subsidies to polluting fossil sources. For Italy, the Minister proposes a package of tax breaks for green economy companies and for jobs created these way (the so-called ‘green jobs’). Italy will also try to give a “social” approach to the environmental issues, following the line adopted by Pope Francis in his pastoral letter Laudato Si’: the protection of the environment in the poorest countries as a means of restoring decent living conditions, therefore preventing wars and migrations. A point underlined yesterday also by Guterres.
To read the joint Italy-France-Germany statement, click here. (@OnuItalia)