If Donald Trump has his way, the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement – despite opposition from all sides and, let us be honest, entirely against the voice of reason. Recently, the President stated that he would announce his decision on the matter this week. Now, reports claim that he is ready to fulfill his campaign promise and go back on the agreement. Regional leaders are opposing that looming decision and their commitment to the implementation of the pact is what needs to be ascertained in the current situation.

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According to a petition on Care2, “State and local leaders are opposing Trump’s horrible decision, with New York Mayor Bill De Blasio tweeting his commitment for NYC to adopt the Paris agreement. We need governors across the country to follow De Blasio’s lead and proudly and loudly commit to implementing Paris no matter what foolishness is coming from the White House.”

If the U.S. withdraws, it will join the only two countries not participating in the agreement – Syria and Nicaragua. The Paris Agreement, adopted in December 2015, is a cornerstone of the global fight against climate change and the catastrophic results of this phenomenon. The pact deals with the mitigation, adaptation, and finance of greenhouse gas emissions – the fundamental cause of the greenhouse effect.

The outcome of the U.S. withdrawing from the agreement would be incredibly severe – the decision would mean a serious blow to the global efforts to curb climate change, let alone those of the communities within the country. According to the Care2 petition, serious development of clean energy would be forfeited and U.S. goods would be met with higher tariffs at exportation.

Backing out of the agreement is not an action the U.S. can afford – not for itself and not for the world and all of our collective work to make a change. Whatever ideas Trump may have about global climate change, the reality is indisputable – and more than disturbing. It is the most present danger to our planet, and so to us and our future. For some time, it has become the trend to ask whether one “believes in global warming” – but it is not at all a matter of belief, but our ability to register facts and act accordingly. That is if we want to have any future on this planet whatsoever.

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Click here to sign the petition to urge governors to stand up for global action on climate change!

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