With Trump’s action, the United States will walk away from nearly every other nation in the world on one of the pressing global issues of the 21st century. Syria and Nicaragua are the only other non-participants in the accord, signed by 195 nations in Paris in 2015.
“The decision made by U.S. President Trump amounts to turning their backs on the wisdom of humanity. I’m very disappointed… I am angry,” Japanese Environment Minister Koichi Yamamoto told a news conference on Friday in an unusually frank tone.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said in a rare joint statement the agreement could not be renegotiated and urged their allies to hasten efforts to combat climate change and adapt.
Charles Michel, the prime minister of Belgium, called Trump’s decision a “brutal act,”
Business leaders in the United States also condemned the decision.
“Today’s decision is a setback for the environment and for the U.S.’s leadership position in the world,” Goldman Sachs Group Inc Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein wrote on Twitter.
Tesla Inc CEO Elon Musk and Walt Disney CEO Robert Iger said they would leave White House advisory councils after Trump’s move.
General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt said he was disappointed, adding: “Climate change is real. Industry must now lead and not depend on government.”
What Can We Do in CNY
Our present is the next generation’s future!
Burning fossil fuels in a business as usual scenario will ensure the next generation will inherit a world of rising sea levels, heat waves, more floods – more extreme weather events and political instability as countries around the world start to experience the impact of climate change.
Already US coastal communities on the East Coast are starting to spend hundreds of millions on infrastructure repairs due to sea level rise.
We need to work together locally, as a community to ensure the next generation has the same chance that we did.
* Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney with the simple message that in light of President Trump’s decision Onondaga County needs to make a commitment to the spirit of the Paris Climate Accords. Onondaga County needs to reduce its green house gas emissions and continue to transition away from fossil fuels. We need more solar, wind and geothermal energy sources and focus on energy conservation. This will strengthen our local economy and help position Onondaga County as an innovator.
Office number 315-435-3516
* Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Minor and congratulate her for joining 81 “Climate Mayors” representing 39 million Americans. These mayors “will adopt, honor, and uphold the commitments to the goals enshrined in the Paris Agreement. They will intensify efforts to meet each of their cities’ current climate goals, push for new action to meet the 1.5 degrees Celsius target, and work together to create a 21st century clean energy economy.”
Office Number 315-448-8005
After you make your calls pass this message onto two of your friends and ask them to do the same. Together, we can make a difference for the next generation.
Climate Change Awareness and Action is group of local citizens concerned about climate change in CNY. For more information visit our web site www.climatechange-action.com