Our Commitment to the Earth is Not Up For Debate
Trump is set to announce on Tuesday whether he will pull the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord. The climate accord went into effect on Nov 4th, 2016, and primarily aims to keep global average temperature “well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels.” To put that into perspective, the planet has warmed about 1 degree Celsius already, according to NASA.
Why does he want to pull out of it? In order to bolster US fossil fuel industries. Here's the problem: no matter what the government says, the economy is moving away from fossil fuels. Two years ago coal only employed 76,572 people. The signs are loud and clear: Fossil fuels are failing, renewables are in.
Trump wants to saddle us with decades-old policy that is not only bad for the environment but bad for our economy. Institutional investors have urged Trump to stick with the accord because mitigating climate change is not only good for the environment but also for safeguarding investments, which could leave the country entirely as they have done in other instances of poor policy decisions.
This decision, designed to thrill a small subset of supporters for a couple of news cycles, has serious long-term casualties and will undermine our future on this planet.
2. SIGN the petition to show that you stand with the Paris Climate Accord.
3. MAKE IT NEWS! It's up to all of us to make this an important issue. Don't underestimate the power of public outcry. Write about it on social media, call/fax/tweet your local and national politicians.