As the Marrakech Climate Talks drew to a close Friday, several of the world’s poorest nations pledged to go green. Representatives from 47 of the world’s poorest countries said they will generate all future energy needs from renewable resources. The Marrakech Climate Change Conference is the first major meeting since the Paris Agreement took effect.

Members of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) made their announcement on the last day of the conference. The CVF said that they will update their nation’s plans to cut carbon prior to 2020. In addition, the CVF promised to be fully green between 2030 and 2050. Coined ‘The Marrakech Vision‘, the plan states:

“We strive to meet 100% domestic renewable energy production as rapidly as possible, while working to end energy poverty and protect water and food security, taking into consideration national circumstances.”

The conference, which ran from Nov. 7 through 18, was shaken by the election of Donald Trump. People expressed concern as Trump previously vowed to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement. Many attendees felt shocked by the election and could be seen weeping and comforting each other. There is great doubt looming over the future of the agreement without the U.S. on board.

The U.S. delegation delayed a planned roll-out of mid-century emissions reductions goals. At a press conference held Nov. 12 regarding oceans, many people were questioning what the future would look like with Trump as president. Catherine Novelli, the Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment said:

“You know, I just can’t speculate. I can only tell you what is right now. That’ll be for the future to answer, but there are definitely market forces and business forces strongly at work and that’s something everyone supports because we support jobs for our citizens and we want our economies to be strong.”

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