has been focused on the Senate intelligence committee hearings
starring former FBI Director James Comey and current U.S. Attorney
General Jeff Sessions. What frequently happens in the trump
administration is that there is one eruption after another. You can
barely process the reckless tweet, the foul decision or the racist
comment before another comes barreling your way. That’s why we
need to back up on a trump decision with far greater consequences.
The decision of trump to pull out of the Paris Agreement is no small
Paris Agreement is not some French government mandate as trump
alludes to. It is a historic part of the United Nations Framework on
Climate Control agreed on by all nation members of the UN. All nation
members as in unanimous. President Obama signed the Agreement only to
have the current U.S. president slam the legitimacy of the goals. The
U.S. stands alone in the world on breaking its pledge.
W. Bush Jr. snatched the U.S. out of the Kyoto Protocol until China
and other high gas-emitting countries made a commitment. The fact
that there was no seriousness by this country to address greenhouse
gas emissions in 2001 delayed any collective action on global warming
for nearly a generation.
peril of the planet cannot possibly be understood in its totality by
these two buffoons who reject evidence-based facts and truths. Most
of us would respect these facts as science and welcome any positive
steps to chart a meaningful course on global climate change.
retrospect, the backward decision of trump makes the two previous
international actions on science and the climate even more important.
There were tens of thousands of people who took a stand at the March
for Science on Earth Day. Although the march included some of the
usual suspects who opposed trump policies, many were people in the
science and medical fields who were motivated to leave their
laboratories, their offices and their libraries to raise their voices
about the demonization and belittling of science, “to defend
the role of science in policy and society.”
week later, the People’s Climate March took place on the 100th
day of trump’s administration. Organizers had started the
planning long before the election results coughed out a president who
can’t tell the difference between fact and fantasy. It didn’t
take long before the roll-back of environmental protections won by
years of organized efforts were in the crosshairs of trump. Again,
unprecedented numbers across the globe took a stand to save our
do believe those two historic monumental actions is why we saw
mayors, governors, university presidents and corporations chart their
own course and vow to uphold the Paris Agreement - without the
support of the president. It’s becoming easier to distance
oneself from the orange man in the White House. Just ask the Golden
State Warriors, 2016 NBA Champs.
that he “was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh,
not Paris,” trump created an international ripple that his
little mind couldn’t have imagined. Pittsburgh Mayor William
Peduto and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo responded by declaring “We
Have Our Own Climate Deal.”
of city mayors have signed onto America’s Pledge to reach the
emission reduction goals the U.S. made in Paris in 2015. The effort
is coordinated by billionaire and former New York Mayor Mike
Bloomberg who has even promised $15 million of his own monies to fill
the funding gap the UN will experience with the withdrawal of the
U.S. With the its current consumption rate of the world's resources
(25 per cent), this country needs to be leading by example in being
an exemplary protector of Mother Earth.
glaciers, rising seas, climbing temperatures and disappearing species
are real. All the buffoonery going on in the White House is a
dangerous distraction from the alarming assaults on the environment
and the people who live in it. Partisan politics and trumpidity
won’t mean a thing if our planet and all living things are in
distress. We, The People, must intensify our efforts to choose
democracy over trump, fact over fiction and life over death.