On June 1, 2017, President Trump announced that he was planning to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, a global action plan designed to help the world avoid catastrophic global warming. Signed by 195 countries, the agreement contained largely voluntary carbon reduction goals committed to by each participating country. The announcement to withdraw from the historic accord was a shocking, if not surprising, display of the current administration’s disregard for public health and the environment. It was also a revealing look at the President’s total lack of understanding and knowledge of both science and economic growth as it relates to innovation.
Despite the administration’s abandonment of our role as global leaders, it has become clear that the only people NOT willing to lead are in the White House. Soon after President Trump announced the U.S.’s withdrawal, over 175 cities reaffirmed their commitment to the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. Business leaders and industry giants, along with advocates and activists from almost every walk of life, condemned the decision and committed to the goals set forth in the Paris Climate Agreement.
In the end, the country is made up of individuals and each individual has power. We have the power to do what is right, even if our government doesn’t care to.
It is in that spirit that we invite you to sign the People’s Paris Climate Agreement. The goals that we commit to, as individuals, are that we keep the temperature increase below 2 degrees Celsius, that we foster climate resiliency and provide climate adaptation strategies, and that we support financial avenues to lowering greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development.