The UK has today ratified the Paris Agreement, a global treaty to tackle climate change.
The election of Donald Trump as the next President of the United States has sparked widespread concern about the future of vital climate action.
ClientEarth CEO James Thornton said: “The UK’s ratification of the Paris Agreement is a welcome sign that the world is forging ahead with climate action. President elect Trump should take this ratification, and the comments by China, France and others in recent days, as a warning that any reneging on the agreement would make the US a global environmental pariah.
“The American people will not want to freeload on the rest of the world as we battle to avert catastrophic climate change, they will want to stand with the rest of the world.”
UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson signed the instrument of ratification at COP22 in Marrakech.