Last week, 45 pulled the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement, an agreement between several countries to take efforts to combat climate change. This places the United States with Nicaragua and Syria as the only UN-recognized nations who aren't signatories. In the last few days, many U.S. mayors, governors, and attorney generals have announced that they will continue to support the efforts of the agreement despite 45's decision--even tech companies that would potentially benefit from looser regulations are showing support.
About the Paris Climate Agreement
The Paris Agreement builds upon the Convention and – for the first time – brings all nations into a common cause to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects, with enhanced support to assist developing countries to do so. As such, it charts a new course in the global climate effort.
The Paris Agreement’s central aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Additionally, the agreement aims to strengthen the ability of countries to deal with the impacts of climate change. To reach these ambitious goals, appropriate financial flows, a new technology framework and an enhanced capacity building framework will be put in place, thus supporting action by developing countries and the most vulnerable countries, in line with their own national objectives. The Agreement also provides for enhanced transparency of action and support through a more robust transparency framework. Further information on key aspects of the Agreement can be found here.
Contact your governor and elected officials: determine if your governor has announced their support of the Paris Climate Agreement, and if not, give them a call to let them know you support it:
Today at 4pm ET / 1pm PT 314 Action is hosting a Facebook Live discussion on the Paris Climate Agreement
Sign Some Petitions (Couldn't hurt, but be sure to contact your Reps, too.)
- Senator Elizabeth Warren
- Senator Debbie Stabenow
- Senator Dick Durbin
- Senator Kamala Harris
- Senator Ed Markey
- Senator Patty Murray