Tom Burke a former head of Friends of the Earth UK, is chairman of E3G, a group which works to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy: 'Trump can repudiate the agreement, but it won’t make a scrap of difference to the rest of the world. The drive towards a low-carbon economy is being propelled, not by law, not by constraints, but by opportunity. China and the U.S. reached a deal in Paris because it was in their interests to do so. What Trump cannot do is renegotiate the agreement.'
“Who would he renegotiate the agreement with? He can’t renegotiate on his own and the rest of the world is moving on,” Burke added.
“And of course it sends a clear signal to people who have property in Florida: sell now while sea levels still leave you something to sell,” he added.
Christiana Figueres, the outgoing head of the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat, has put out a video asking people to buy UN carbon offsets to help fight global warming — it’s so easy, she says, she’s bought offsets for herself and her family. “I’ve offset all my emissions for myself and my family,” Figueres tweeted Thursday, linking to a video asking people to cut their carbon footprint and buy UN offsets. “You can do it, too! Let’s all go climate neutral now” But Figueres is using the very UN body she leads to offset her carbon dioxide emissions. In the video campaign, she asks people to visit climateneutralnow.org, a website run by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Figueres is the current executive secretary of the UNFCCC. Like Figueres, the UNFCCC website asks people to cut their own carbon footprint by riding bikes and buying local. But there are always those “unavoidable” CO2 emissions from all those pesky modern conveniences, like toilets and computers, which the UN says you should buy carbon offsets to reduce.