The United States will be a “rogue country” if President-elect Donald Trump successfully pulls out of the Paris climate accord, said United Nations envoy and international human rights advocate Mary Robinson to Reuters Sunday.
Robinson, former president of Ireland, said: “It would be a tragedy for the United States and the people of the United States if the U.S. becomes a kind of rogue country, the only country in the world that is somehow not going to go ahead with the Paris Agreement.”
As a U.N. envoy for climate change, Robinson met with women in drought-stricken parts of Honduras, she said.
“I saw the pain on the faces of those women. And one of the women said to me, and I’ll never forget, ‘We have no water. How do you live without water?'” Robinson told Reuters.“I’m hearing that all over the world.”
Indeed, Robinson’s warning came on the same day that a World Bank report showedincreasing natural disasters are pushing 26 million people into poverty each year. The report was made public at COP22, currently underway in Morocco.