Speaking at the Paris summit, US President Barack Obama said the United States accepted its duty as the world’s second-biggest greenhouse gas emitter to fix climate change.
He added that global action need not damage economic growth.
“I’ve come here personally, as leader of the world’s largest economy and the second largest emitter, to say that the United States of America not only recognise our role in creating this problem, we embrace our responsibility in doing something about it,” Obama said.
“We have broken the old arguments for inaction,” added Obama. “We have proved that strong economic growth and a safer environment no longer have to conflict with one another. They can work in concert with one another. And that should give us hope.”
Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping earlier said they would work together for a climate change agreement that would ensure a “low carbon global economy” this century.