climate_summit_2014President Barack Obama led the UN climate summit on Sept. 23 at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly. A set of initiatives was revealed to assist developing countries to impact climate change in a positive manner. He also appealed to world leaders to agree on steps to decrease carbon emission.

Climate change is predicted to define this century more than any single issue. Over the years, developed countries have objected to solving a problem that they believe developing countries mainly created, while sacrificing their (developed nations) own growth.

President Obama admits America’s responsibility in climate change. He brought up his Climate Action Plan, which sets standards on carbon emission. Obama said that “this will mark the single most important and significant step the United States has ever taken to reduce our carbon emissions.” In addition, Obama wants to help developing countries become familiarized with climate change. This includes making advanced climate data and early-warning systems available.

Obama stated, “We recognize our role in creating this problem; we embrace our responsibility to combat it. We will do our part, and we will help developing nations do theirs.”

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Summarized by Nathalie Lopez, International PR Major (UNC Charlotte) – WACC Fall 2014 Intern