Love of Earth, interview with Alden Meyer
Air Date: November 18, 2016
The Paris Climate Agreement came into force just before COP22 in Marrakech, this year’s high level UN Climate talks that ended November 18th. Alden Meyer of the Union of Concerned Scientists tells host Steve Curwood member countries at the meeting in Morocco are determined to push ahead with implementing the Paris deal and work on climate protection even though the incoming US president vowed during his campaign he would ‘rip up’ the Paris accord. (09:45)
Alden Meyer is director of strategy and policy for the Union of Concerned Scientists and the director of its Washington, DC, office.
CURWOOD: So, tell me what was the reaction among the folks gathered there at Marrakech to Donald Trump's unexpected election as the 45th US President, specially of course, given his campaign assertion that he would cancel the Paris climate agreement.
ALDEN MEYER: Well, I mean I think there was a initial shock because all the polls and the pundits back home were predicting not a comfortable Hillary Clinton win, but certainly a win in the electoral college, but of course Donald Trump does not represent all of America.
ALDEN MEYER: are states and cities and businesses that are going to keep moving ahead no matter what he does. We don't know whether he would fulfill what he was talking about in the campaign and pull out of the Paris agreement,
So people should just hold their horses a little bit and wait and see what develops. Let Mr. Trump get his transition team place, get his key nominees in place, and then see how it plays out.
Real down to Earth physical facts is what directs our lives, I am born of this planet Earth and will return to this Earth and no tribal holy text is more true or powerful than the reality of our moment in time on this evolving planet that I love and mourn for.
ALDEN MEYER: What it has done, however, over the last week is generate an unprecedented sense of solidarity among all the countries here. ...