President Barack Obama, President Xi Jinping of China and United Nations Secretary General Ban ki-Moon exchange greetings at the conclusion of a climate event at West Lake State House in Hangzhou, China, Sept. 3, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama: The United States Formally Enters the Paris Agreement

Today, the U.S. joined China in taking a major step forward in the global effort to combat climate change.

President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping hold an expanded bilateral meeting at West Lake State House in Hangzhou, China, Sept. 3, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

And someday we may see this as the moment that we finally decided to save our planet.

The United States and China are taking that step today, as our two nations formally join the Paris Agreement.

Together, the U.S. and China represent about 40 percent of global emissions. So today, we are moving the world significantly closer to the goal that we have set.

This is the single-best chance that we have to deal with a problem that could end up transforming this planet in a way that makes it very difficult for us to deal with all the other challenges that we may face.

Yes, diplomacy can be difficult, and progress on the world stage can be slow. But together, we’re proving that it is possible.

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