It was only fitting that today, Earth Day, marked the monumental signing of the Paris Agreement in New York. This agreement, signed between the United States and 170 other countries, is an plan to work together to reduce carbon emissions worldwide. Here is a video of John Kerry, accompanied by his precious 2 year old granddaughter, signing the historic agreement.
Here is President Obama's full statement:
"Today is Earth Day -- the last one I'll celebrate as President. Looking back over the past seven years, I'm hopeful that the work we've done will allow my daughters and all of our children to inherit a cleaner, healthier, and safer planet. But I know there is still work to do.
That's why, today, the United States will join about 170 other countries in signing the Paris Agreement, a historic deal to reduce carbon emissions across the globe.
When Secretary of State John Kerry stands with other countries to support this agreement, we’ll advance a plan that prioritizes the health of our planet and our people. And we’ll come within striking distance of enacting the Paris Agreement years earlier than anyone expected.
This is important because the impact of climate change is real. Last summer, I visited Alaska and stood at the foot of a disappearing glacier. I saw how the rising sea is eating away at shorelines and swallowing small towns. I saw how changes in temperature mean permafrost is thawing and the tundra is burning. So we’ve got to do something about it before it’s too late.
As the world's second-largest source of climate pollution, America has a responsibility to act. The stakes are enormous -- our planet, our children, our future. That's true not just here in America, but all over the world. No one is immune.
That's why, when I ran for this office, I promised I'd work with anyone — across the aisle or on the other side of the planet — to combat this threat. It's why I brought together scientists, entrepreneurs, businesses, and religious organizations to set the first-ever national fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks, made the biggest investment in clean energy in U.S. history, and put forward a plan to limit carbon pollution from existing power plants. And it's why we rallied more than 190 nations in Paris to establish a long-term framework to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions -- the first time so many countries had committed to ambitious, nationally determined climate targets.↓ Story continues below ↓
Now, we're building on that momentum. When all is said and done, today will be the largest one-day signing event in the history of the UN.
Thanks to this agreement, we can be more confident that we'll leave our children a planet worthy of their promise.
That's what this is all about. And that's why today, America is leading the fight against climate change.
President Barack Obama"
Tremendous work, Mr. President. Another excellent legacy that you are leaving behind for future generations. Thank you.