The comments from Obama came at a gathering in Chicago of mayors and municipal officials from the USA and around globe to discuss climate change in light of Trump's declaration earlier this year that he will withdraw the US from the landmark Paris Agreement.
The more than 50 mayors and global climate leaders converged on the city this week for the North American Climate Summit, part of a commitment to addressing climate change on the local level.
"As we took these actions, we saw the USA economy grow consistently", Mr. Obama said.
The Chicago charter calls for mayors to achieve a per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions that's equal to or more than what is outlined in the Paris agreement.
"There is an absence of leadership out of Washington", said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who served as President Obama's chief of staff.
Mr. Trump announced in June that he would withdraw from the Paris accord. His decision marked a major setback to worldwide efforts to combat climate change and placed the U.S.in opposition to the stance of some of the country's closest foreign allies.
The preamble to the Chicago Climate Charter the participating mayors signed on Tuesday read: "President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement spurred over 380 cities in the US, numerous cities in other parts of North America, and countless organizations worldwide to commit themselves to the Agreement".
Obama, who enacted the Paris deal, is expected to speak Tuesday afternoon. In the past few years he's introduced programs to increase the number of highly energy-efficient buildings, update city street lights with LEDs, and power public buildings with 100 percent renewable energy.
The meeting was attended by 51 Mayors from the US, Canada, Mexico and France, Efe news reported.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said city residents will be the victims if action isn't taken.
"Ultimately the work is done on the ground", Obama said.
The charter will succeed within American cities and states, the only thing it will have difficulty duplicating from the Paris Agreement is the aid of billions of dollars to other countries. The president criticized the climate accord, which sets the goal of holding global warming below 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, as an example of a deal " to the exclusive benefit of other countries".
The former President said jokingly that he was "in the neighbourhood" and chose to drop by and he was applauded vigorously several times during his relatively brief remarks, in which he spoke about some of his administration's achievements in protecting the environment.
"Climate change can be solved by human action", he said.
Technically, the US can't give notice of its departure from the non-binding agreement until November 2019 under terms agreed upon when the pact was negotiated in 2015. When a reporter asked Canadian mayors what message they had for Trump, Emanuel interjected: "Can I take that question too?" "Western cities across North American are dealing with longer and harsher wild fire seasons".
Obama said that as people get older, you become more aware of your mortality and want to make sure that "your kids and their kids are going to be OK".
Los Angeles Fire Dispatcher Margaret Stewart said the fire could grow with winds blowing at over 25 miles per hour . Forecasters are calling for another afternoon of gusty winds, which will help fuel the fires on Wednesday.
Grisham has not yet responded to tweets from eager Texans asking what the First Lady ordered at Whataburger. The chain has been family-owned since opening its first burger stand in Corpus Christi, Texas, in 1950.
Trump is expected to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Wednesday and begin preparations to move the U.S. The Vatican and the Palestinians plan to create a permanent working group on interfaith issues.
The Best Places to Work are identified by analyzing company reviews shared by USA -based employees within the past year . Apple fared rather less well, dropping 48 places from last year's #36 to this year's #84 ...
There Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n (2.5/5G Wi-Fi), GPS/AGPS, GLONASS, Wi-Fi Direct, microUSB v2.0, dual SIM slots and USB OTG support. One nice touch is the arrival of "Supercharge", which will charge the battery to 50 per cent in 30 minutes.
One of the potential problems Friday night will be the possibility of icy patches as temperatures fall into the mid 20s. This is certainly to cause some excitement in these areas Friday, but the overall impact will be very limited.
Sanders' remarks came after criticism of Trump's slurred speech during a foreign policy announcement Wednesday. Worth listening to the end of that Trump thing again.got a bit angry, belligerent and even slurred speech.
It couldn't maintain orientation as well as before, but it's "K2" phase still allowed it to spot many exoplanets like K2-18b. Researchers at the Centre for Planetary Sciences have found that K2-18b could very well be a scaled-up version of Earth.
Snow and Storm Caroline heading for Ireland
Severe gales and snow showers have caused travel disruption, school closures and power cuts as Storm Caroline sweeps in to the UK. Forecasters are expecting the storm - the third named storm of the year - to bring gusts of up to 80mph in northern Scotland.
Unscheduled landing for Air NZ flight
The engine issues both happened on Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes flying out of Auckland bound for worldwide destinations. The Air New Zealand incidents have been reported worldwide, including on the BBC and by global agency Reuters.
Max Hospital baby blunder: Four medical staff questioned
But an hour later the baby's grandfather Praveen Mallik discovered that the body bag the child had been placed in was moving. State Health Minister Satyendar Jain tweeted last week that he has ordered an inquiry "into this unacceptable act".
Google pulls YouTube from Amazon devices
But Amazon says that the company is being spiteful and was limiting what products were able to connect to Google's video service. Videos were displayed on its touchscreen without channel subscriptions, further video recommendations, and other features.
Former Clemson DC Morris Gets Arkansas Job
Following the 2010 season he headed to Clemson as Dabo Swinney's offensive coordinator from 2011-14. Morris went on to get his first head coaching job at SMU, where he spent the last three seasons.
Mideast carriers to pilot aviation growth in 2018
Strong performance of the passenger business is supported by expected robust GDP growth of 3.1 per cent, the strongest since 2010. A rise in cargo carried to 62.5 million tonnes (up 4.5 per cent on the 59.9 million tonnes in 2017).