French President Emmanuel Macron has made his commitment to backing renewable energy sources and fighting climate change clear. He now has a high-profile ally in this endeavor, through his partnership with Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Movie star and former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger sat down to meet with the French president this past Friday, to speak about global climate change and how to move forward now that the US has withdrawn from the Paris Climate Agreement.
The pair filmed a video together, where they called out President Donald Trump for his decision to withdraw the US from the climate accord.
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) June 23, 2017
Macron even had a “Make the Planet Great Again” slogan, an obvious riff on Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan used throughout his election bid. Macron has made several criticisms of Trump and his administration over the past few weeks.
As for Schwarzenegger, he has been a longtime climate activist who has been working hard to undermine Trump’s climate decision in the weeks since Trump made the announcement.
Macron has met with other influential US individuals pursuing environmentally friendly policies, such as former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, in an attempt to coordinate efforts to combat climate change. Macron even extended an invitation to those climate researchers feeling threatened or burdened by the Trump administration:
“Come and work here with us.”
Shortly after that Macron announced the launch of his Make Out Planet Great Again website, along with funding options for his campaign.
Delivering on our promise. https://t.co/WMo5kBKMU1
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) June 8, 2017
Macron is not the only foreign leader to criticize Trump’s decision to leave the Paris climate agreement, and a coalition of many US governors and mayors, along with CEOs of retail and tech giant, and even oil companies have publicly announced that they will uphold the tenants of the Paris accord if the federal government won’t.