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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Local leaders gathered on the roof of the St. Louis IKEA store to celebrate Earth Day and the signing of a major agreement addressing climate change.

The group, including Congressman William “Lacy” Clay Jr., was on the IKEA roof because of the company’s commitment to clean energy. In fact, IKEA has the largest rooftop solar project in Missouri.

The group timed the IKEA event to happen as the historic Paris Climate Agreement was being signed at the United Nations in New York.

Clay says more than 170 countries signed the agreement which is focused on reducing carbon dioxide emissions and addressing global warming.

Clay calls the agreement critical to the future of a cleaner environment.

“It’s the first worldwide agreement by most of the countries in the world that carbon dioxide emissions are a man-made problem that needs to be addressed by the different nations of the world,” Rep. Clay said.

The Sierra Club was also on hand at IKEA, as was Peter Raven, a world renowned botanist and former president of the Missouri Botanical Garden.