If Donald Trump wanted to prove he is irrelevant, withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement seals the deal. American mayors and governors are prepared to fill the gap. As NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio says, “When our national government falls down on the job, local government steps up.”
Mayor de Blasio Signs Executive Order to Adopt Goals of Paris Climate Agreement for New York City | NYC Mayor’s Office
“Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order today that promised New York City would commit to the principles enshrined in the Paris Climate Agreement following President Trump’s announcement that he would formally withdraw the nation from the accord.” ~ NYC Mayor’s Office
180 Us Climate Mayors Commit to Adopt, Honor and Uphold Paris Climate Agreement Goals | Climate Mayors
“…We will continue to lead. We are increasing investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency. We will buy and create more demand for electric cars and trucks. We will increase our efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions, create a clean energy economy, and stand for environmental justice. And if the President wants to break the promises made to our allies enshrined in the historic Paris Agreement, we’ll build and strengthen relationships around the world to protect the planet from devastating climate risks…” ~ Climate Mayors
Washington D.C. shines the green lights of solidarity with the Paris Climate Agreement.
— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) June 2, 2017
Not just American cities, but cities around the world show their solidarity with green lights.
— C40 Cities (@c40cities) June 2, 2017
Cities and States Pledge Swift Climate Action in the Face of Paris Withdrawal | Think Progress
“On Thursday, President Donald Trump officially announced that the United States would be withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement, citing the deal’s failure “to serve American interests.”
Hours later, governors, mayors, and environmental groups all had a different message: We’ll take it from here…”
~ Natasha Geiling
Bucking Trump, These Cities, States and Companies Commit to Paris Accord | The New York Times
“Representatives of American cities, states and companies are preparing to submit a plan to the United Nations pledging to meet the United States’ greenhouse gas emissions targets under the Paris climate accord, despite President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the agreement.
The unnamed group — which, so far, includes 30 mayors, three governors, more than 80 university presidents and more than 100 businesses — is negotiating with the United Nations to have its submission accepted alongside contributions to the Paris climate deal by other nations.
“We’re going to do everything America would have done if it had stayed committed,” Michael Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor who is coordinating the effort, said in an interview…”
~ Hiroko Tabuchi and Henry Fountain
The United States Climate Alliance
On June 1, 2017, one day after Donald Trump announced he was withdrawing the United States from the voluntary Paris Climate Agreement, three states formed the United States Climate Alliance: California, New York, and Washington. The very next day (yesterday), six more states joined them: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Hawaii, Vermont, Oregon, and Massachusetts.
If your state has not yet joined, you may be interested in signing the I Want My State and City to Join the Paris Climate Agreement petition. The petition aims to address all 50 state governors and local city/county governments.
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