In defiance of the Trump administration withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, American declaration ‘We’re Still In’ supports action on climate change.
We’re Still In
By signing We’re Still In, a fast-growing group of cities, counties, states, companies, and universities has pledged to fulfil commitments under the Paris Agreement. There are currently 20 states, 110 cities, and over 1,300 businesses that actively support reducing levels of greenhouse gas emissions.
The U.S. Climate Alliance emerged in response to Donald Trump’s administration direction towards the environment. In particular, in July this year, Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the 2015 climate change agreement, signed by Obama administration.
“In the absence of leadership from Washington, states, cities, counties, tribes, colleges and universities, businesses and investors, representing a sizeable percentage of the U.S. economy will pursue ambitious climate goals, working together to take forceful action and to ensure that the U.S. remains a global leader in reducing emissions,” the group wrote in a declaration We’re Still In.
We’re Still In presented their agenda during COP 23, the UN climate change summit that took place earlier this month in Bonn, Germany. Inside the enormous 27,000-square foot “U.S. Climate Action Pavilion” outside the COP 23 venue, the group released the America’s Pledge report, which documents non-federal strategies to mitigate the effects of climate change.
The report shows that the capacity to curb carbon emissions and contain global warming goes beyond the federal government. In fact, according to the study, the coalition represents more than half of the US economy, with at least $7 trillion in GDP.
The main goal is to comply with a promised 26-28% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions below 2005 levels by 2025.
By pulling the US out of the agreement, Trump virtually isolated the country on the international arena. Not only is Trump the only signatory to withdraw, but also he seems to enjoy contradicting scientific evidence.
Earlier this year, The New York Times published a leaked lengthy report by 13 US federal agencies that indicated a human role in the climate change. White House, at last, approved the report at the beginning of November.
But it doesn’t mean Trump agrees with the content of the report.
“I’m not a believer in global warming. And I’m not a believer in man-made global warming. It could be warming, and it’s going to start to cool at some point. And you know, in the early, in the 1920s, people talked about global cooling. I don’t know if you know that or not. They thought the Earth was cooling. Now, it’s global warming,” Trump said in 2015.
Additionally, the decision to not respect commitments of the previous administration seriously undercuts the US reliability as a global partner. Only in May, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that Europe “really must take our fate into our own hands.”
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