On Tuesday, former President Barack Obama spoke at the North American Climate Summit in Chicago.
Obama did not mention President Trump by name, but admitted that leaving the Paris Climate agreement was not a smart idea.
“Obviously we’re in an unusual time when the United States is now the only nation on earth that does not belong to the Paris agreement. And that’s a difficult position to defend,” Obama said.
He continued, stating, “But the good news is that the Paris agreement was never going to solve the climate crisis on its own. It was going to be up to all of us.”
Obama also spoke about his administration’s efforts to cut down on carbon emissions.
“We met resistance every step of the way. As we took these actions, we saw the US economy grow consistently. We saw the longest streak of job creation in American history by far. A streak that still continues, by the way. Thanks, Obama,” Obama said.
Obama also told the crowd to “make it a prerequisite for the vote for anybody for elected office that they’re paying attention to global warming.”
Last month, Syria agreed to the Paris Climate Accords, which now leaves the U.S. as the only country not supporting it.