Former U.S. President Barack Obama has pointed to the importance of the Paris climate accord while criticizing Donald Trump for pulling the world’s biggest economy out of the pact.
“In Paris, we came together around the most ambitious agreement in history to fight climate change,” Obama said Saturday in a speech at the opening of the Fourth Congress of the Indonesian Diaspora in Jakarta.
He said it was “an agreement that even with the temporary absence of American leadership will still give our children a fighting chance.”
The world is more prosperous than ever before, but this has also brought significant changes that are dangerous.
We start seeing a rise in sectarian politics, we start seeing a rise in an aggressive kind of nationalism, we start seeing both in developed and developing countries an increased resentment about minority groups and the bad treatment of people who don’t look like us or practice the same faith as us.”
Before adding the menacing line aimed directly at Trump that lost him his pension, or should:
“We start seeing discrimination against people based on race or ethnicity or religion. Those threats must be confronted.”