The Paris Agreement brings nations together to commit to fighting climate change, and reducing global warming. So far 195 countries have signed on to this agreement, and are showing initiative and commitment to combating climate change. The United States was one of those countries that had signed on to the agreement under Obama, but as you have likely heard, Trump has pulled them out – the most recent disastrous thing his administration has done.
When I first heard this news, I was devastated – I can’t comprehend his thinking, or how anyone in 2017 is still denying climate change. It’s science, climate change has been proven! The dominant narrative surrounding Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the agreement has been negative and scary. However, lower levels of governments, industries, and institutions are coming together to keep the United States on track, and help reach the Paris Agreements target of staying below the 2ºC warming mark – perhaps even surpassing the original target and reducing emissions by more.
So far, 30 mayors, three governors, 80 university presidents, and over 100 businesses have banded together and approached the United Nations to formally join the Paris Agreement and reduce the United States emissions by 26% by 2025 (for a full list of institutions and cities please click here).
To me, it seems like Trumps’ actions are having the unintended effect of bringing people together from all areas of the US to stand in support of the Paris Agreement. This is an issue that cannot be ignored, and thank you to those who have stood up and said ‘enough is enough, we are going to take action into our own hands’. As motivational speaker Denis Waitley says: “There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.” It seems that people are standing up and creating the change we need.
For the full story, please click here.