Leaders pledge to boost climate efforts after Trump decision

AP PHOTO Greenpeace protesters stand in silence with banners outside the U.S. embassy in Madrid, Spain, Friday. The sign reads “We will go ahead without you.”

PARIS — A Malian cattle herder, German environmental activists, leaders from Mexico to China — they’re among millions on Friday denouncing President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord. Many nations pledged to ramp up their efforts to curb global warming instead.

Some allies pointedly refrained from criticism, however, and Russian President Vladimir Putin even joked that Trump’s move made him a convenient scapegoat for any bad weather.

While Trump argued the landmark 2015 accord hurts U.S. jobs and business, others took a more global view. The French president’s call to #MakeOurPlanetGreatAgain went viral online, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said it’s time to look ahead.

“This decision can’t and won’t stop all those of us who feel obliged to protect the planet,” she said. “On the contrary. We in Germany, Europe and the world will combine our forces more resolutely than ever to address and successfully tackle challenges for humanity such as climate change.”

In what could herald a tilt away from trans-Atlantic ties, European and Chinese officials joined to affirm their commitment to the Paris agreement, widely considered a landmark deal for bringing together almost all countries under a common goal.