The State Department recently released the “U.S.-China Joint Statement Addressing the Climate Crisis” on Saturday night after Climate Czar John Kerry’s 3-day meeting with the Chinese.
The joint statement begins by saying that both countries are “committed to cooperating with each other” as well as with other countries to confront the “climate crisis.” According to the statement, the crisis “must be addressed with the seriousness and urgency that it demands.”
“This includes both enhancing their respective actions and cooperating in multilateral processes, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement. Both countries recall their historic contribution to the development, adoption, signature, and entry into force of the Paris Agreement through their leadership and collaboration,” the statement reads.
The United States and China stated that they will be fighting climate change mainly by reducing carbon emissions.
On Sunday, Kerry spoke to Sky News’ Sophy Ridge about the plans to fight against the climate crisis. During the same interview, he also apologized for the previous president “who didn’t care for science.”
“The simple reality is no one nation can do this alone—even if the United States went to zero tomorrow, or the UK did, or Europe. The fact is that China is almost 30 percent of the world’s emissions. Other countries—India, Russia, Indonesia, Japan—there are a lot of industrialized countries that are contributing to this challenge,” Kerry said.
“20 nations, all of whom are invited to President Biden’s summit, are responsible for about eighty one percent of all the emissions. So to solve this problem, those 20 countries have to lead the way,” he continued. “We recognize that responsibility.”
“We are very sorry for the last four years where the president—who didn’t care about science and who didn’t have a real rationale for pulling out—he was the only leader in the world who pulled out of this agreement,” Kerry added.
“President Biden said the first thing you do as president is return. We’ve done that,” he said. “And now, with this summit, we’re going to try and bring nations to the table to do what we need to do to get the job done for future generations.”