The former Mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, is putting his money where his mouth is. He has promised to write a $4.5 million check to the United Nations body that oversees climate change negotiations to make up the shortfall in the agency’s budget caused by U.S. funding cuts.
President Trump formally announced the U.S. would pull out of the Paris climate accord last year, stating that it was not fair. Congress also voted to cut funding for the Bonn, Germany-based UNFCCC from $7.5 million in previous years to $3 million this year.
“America made a commitment and as an American if the government’s not going to do it we all have responsibility. I’m able to do it,” Bloomberg told CBS News’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday. “So, yes, I’m going to send them a check for the monies that America had promised to the organization as though they got it from the federal government.”
The former NYC mayor has been a champion in the fight against global warming.
“America is part of the problem. America is a big part of the solution and we should go in and help the world stop a potential disaster,” Bloomberg added.
Bloomberg’s charitable foundation wants to be linked with California Gov. Jerry Brown and show that the United States remains committed to the Paris climate accord despite the president’s withdrawal.
In a statement late Sunday, Bloomberg Philanthropies said further donations would be made if the U.S. doesn’t pay its share of the budget in 2019.