Nicaragua has officially joined the Paris climate accord, leaving just two countries to not support the deal ― the United States and Syria.
“It is the only instrument we have in the world that allows the unity of intentions and efforts toface up to climate changeand natural disasters,” Nicaraguan Vice President Rosario Murillo said Monday. President Daniel Ortega initially announced hisintention to signin September.
When the agreement was reached in 2015, Nicaragua and Syria were the only countries to refuse to sign. Syria wasn’t involved in the negotiations as a result of ongoing conflict in the country, andNicaragua opposed the agreement’s non-binding nature and contended it didn’t go far enough to fight climate change.
The U.S., under then-President Barack Obama, helped spearhead the agreement. But President Donald Trump, who has referred to climate change as a “hoax,” in June announced his plans to withdrawfrom the deal. Formally pulling out of the deal could take years, though, and many have speculated that Trump could stillreverse course. The White Househas pushed backon those claims.
The U.S. is thesecond-largest greenhouse gas producerworldwide after China. Nicaragua, meanwhile, is already ahaven for renewable energy, with its high exposure to sun and wind, according to a 2013 World Bank study. Renewables already account for 58 percent of the country’s energy.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.