Worldview Wednesday: The Paris Agreement

Worldview Wednesday: The Paris Agreement

On Worldview Wednesday, we look the Paris Agreement and the issues involved with it around the world.


As of June 1, 2017, the U.S. announced it would be leaving the Paris Agreement.  Below is a map of the other countries that are not in the Paris Agreement.



The other two countries who are not part of the Paris Agreement are Syria and Nicaragua.

Syria is in the middle of a brutal civil war, and couldn’t commit to any climate issue as they have other humanitarian crises occurring.  Nicaragua did not sign because they felt the Paris Agreement did not do enough.  They wanted bigger commitment and more consequences for those who did not meet their goals.

(Source 1 and 2)

Next, it’s important to see who are the countries that emit the most carbon dioxide.


First place goes to China

Second place goes to the United States.

Third place goes to the entire European Union.

(Source 3)

Want to know what the other countries promised in the Paris Agreement?


The 6 countries listed above are the same 6 countries that are top contributors of producing greenhouse gases.

(Source 6 and 7)

The World Response to the U.S. leaving the Paris Agreement:

Tomorrow we give you ways to make your voice heard on Take Action Thursday!

Need to catch up?  Click the links below!


1: Harrington, Rebecca. “Here’s what the US actually agreed to in the Paris climate deal.” Business Insider, 1 June 2017, Accessed 3 June 2017.

2: Taylor, Adam. “Why Nicaragua and Syria didn’t join the Paris climate accord.” The Washington Post31 May 2017, Accessed 6 June 2017.

3: “Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data.” United States Environmental Protection Agency, 13 Apr. 2017, Accessed 6 June 2017.

4: McCaskill, Nolan, and Lily Mihalik. “U.S. and global leaders react to Trump’s exit from Paris climate change pact.” Politico, 1 June 2017, Accessed 6 June 2017.

5: Choi, David. “How world leaders are reacting to Trump’s decision to leave the Paris climate agreement.” Business Insider, 1 June 2017, Accessed 6 June 2017.

6: “COMPARISON OF INDCS.” Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, 21 Dec. 2015, Accessed 6 June 2017.

7: “Carbon Intensity.” Defined Term, Accessed 6 June 2017.