The Paris Agreement, a global pact aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions and limiting the global temperature rise, was signed in 2015 by 195 countries and the European Union. However, since then, a few countries have withdrawn or announced their intention to withdraw from the accord.
As of October 2021, three countries have officially left the Paris Agreement. These countries are the United States, Iran, and Turkey. The United States, under former President Donald Trump, announced its intention to withdraw from the agreement in 2017 and officially left on November 4, 2020. However, the Biden administration rejoined the accord on his first day in office, January 20, 2021.
In 2019, Iran announced its intention to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, citing the economic sanctions imposed on the country by the United States as the reason for its decision. Turkey, on the other hand, withdrew from the Paris Agreement in 2020, stating that the agreement was unfair to developing countries.
It is important to note that even though a country may have left the Paris Agreement, it does not necessarily mean they have abandoned their commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The agreement is a non-binding treaty, and countries are expected to establish their own goals and targets for greenhouse gas reductions.
Furthermore, even though the United States has rejoined the Paris Agreement, it is important to note that the country still faces significant challenges in meeting its climate goals. While the Biden administration has already taken significant steps towards reducing carbon emissions, including rejoining the Paris Agreement, transitioning to renewable energy, and investing in electric vehicles, there is still a long way to go.
In conclusion, while only three countries have officially left the Paris Agreement, the global fight against climate change remains a top priority. The Paris Agreement is just one step towards a more sustainable future, and it is up to individual countries to take action towards reducing their carbon footprint and protecting the planet for future generations.