Paris declares 'climate emergency'

PARIS: Paris, which in 2015 hosted the signing of a historic fight agreement. global warming , on Tuesday declared a climate emergency after similar movements of other cities and national parliaments.

Paris, like other cities, declares a climate emergency, said Celia Blauel, deputy mayor in charge of the environment, in a meeting of the municipal council, highlighting the need to comply with the objectives of the 2015 agreement.

The statement also said that the city of Paris would create a climate academy with the aim of better educating young people and the public on the subject.

Before the municipal elections next year, the socialist mayor of the French capital is trying to improve its ecological credentials, with real concern for many voters.

The British parliament became the first in the world to declare a climate emergency, approving the mostly symbolic motion on May 1, and the Irish parliament approved a similar motion on May 10.

According to a US NGO that promotes such statements, some 650 local authorities in cities and towns around the world have now declared a climate emergency.

In an important victory for the activists, the city of New York declared a climatic emergency on June 26, becoming the largest city to make the announcement.

The Paris agreement of 2015 prompted nations to commit to limiting global temperature increases to well below two degrees Celsius and to a maximum limit of 1.5 degrees C if possible.

But in a big blow, the president Donald Trump announced in June 2017 that the United States was withdrawing from the agreement.