‘Stop bombing planet A’: Macron’s climate change speech slammed online
The statement was made as Macron addressed Congress on climate change, taking aim at Trump’s decision to pull the US out of the Paris agreement.
“I am sure one day, the US will come back and join the Paris Agreement. Let us face it: There is no planet B,” Macron said.
His speech was met with a standing ovation from some members of Congress and a display of praise online, as people applauded him for delivering the stark reminder so eloquently.
Let’s face it: there is not Planet B. pic.twitter.com/vtP2NQYcv9— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) April 25, 2018
Macron, whose 2nd or 3rd or 4th language is English proves he’s more eloquent and has 100 times the leadership ability than Trump. This is how a leader communicates. With sanity, dignity, & logic. Macron warns US Congress: There's no Planet B https://t.co/PZacBWysfB via @YouTube— Teddy Pendergrass (@CounterSocial66) April 26, 2018
However, some social media users offered a more skeptical reception to the speech and were quick to draw attention to the French president’s hypocrisy.
“So stop bombing Planet A,” was the hard-hitting rebuke from one Twitter user. Earlier this month France joined the US and the UK in launching airstrikes on Syria in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack on the town of Douma. Macron said at the time he had proof that the Syrian government was responsible for the alleged attack.
So stop bombing Planet A. https://t.co/AIO0AvIvcI— Robin M. Graziadei (@robinmonotti) April 26, 2018
Dear @EmmanuelMacronYou're rightThere is no Planet BSo, why✅ defending #CETA & other #FTAs which are not climate-friendly✅ reducing the EU's ambition for renewables✅ demolishing the public rail service & building new highways✅ helping @Total to get new licences? pic.twitter.com/djrXiq8WpF— Maxime Combes (@MaximCombes) April 26, 2018
Other Twitter users laid bare some examples of how the French leader’s policies are proving destructive to the environment. French economist and climate activist Maxim Combes questioned why Macron supported CETA and other environmentally unfriendly trade agreements.
Macron supports CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement), the transatlantic treaty between Canada and Europe which has been dubbed by environmental groups as a major step backwards for the environment.
Another French commenter outlined similar concerns, claiming Macron’s ambition to build a gold mine in French Guiana adds to his list of worrisome environmental policies.The World Wildlife Fund is calling on the French president to stop the mining project, arguing it “will have a catastrophic impact on the environment.”
Ce mec est pour la chasse, veut construire une mine dans la forêt amazonienne, ne fait rien contre l'élevage de fourrure, a accepter le CETA, ne fait rien contre la pêche intensive, favorise le nucléaire, etc et c'est lui qui dit ça!? pic.twitter.com/MS7wOmBPl6— Bandi Jones (@bandiseb) April 26, 2018
The Montagne d’Or project would see a total of 1,513 hectares (5.8 sq miles) cleared including sites where more than 2,000 plant and animal species can be found, including 127 protected species.
A petition by campaigners highlights Macron’s public stance on climate change and asks for action. “You have pledged to the world to fight climate change and protect the planet at the One Planet Summit. The construction of an industrial mine between two complete biological reserves in the French Amazon is incompatible with our climate commitments and presents a major risk for Guyanese biodiversity,” the petition states.
The first victims of climate change today are vulnerable people all around the world. Your generation has to fix climate disruption.— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) April 25, 2018
Last year France pledged €30 million for climate research. Last month Macron announced an additional investment of €700 million for global solar energy generation by 2022 to reduce the use of fossil fuel and help combat climate change.
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