On June 1, 2017 at 3:00p, the President of the United States of America stood in the White House Rose Garden and formally announced that the United States was pulling out of the Paris Climate Change Agreement that President Obama spent years negotiating along with 193 other nations.
The momentary shock and outrage have become transformative. Michael Bloomberg immediately stepped up and pledged $15 million to the UN operations fund from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the amount the US had previously pledged to contribute under Obama.
Three states—California, New York and Washington—have committed to meeting the United States’ greenhouse gas targets despite the White House’s opposition. Hundreds of cities and universities are also on board. According to the Los Angeles Times, the mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti stated, “Our message is clear: Americans are with you, even if the White House isn’t.”
This begins a new era for the American public. An era of personal responsibility and commitment to save our planet. Together we can to do this, we can make the Paris greenhouse gas targets a reality. Together we can can cool the planet by 2 degrees.
Climate change impacts all of us. Reversing climate change is relatively simple in the big scheme of things, it’s all about consumer choices and daily habits. Let’s make the correct choices by following the example of a state that’s already achieved significant progress: California!
Michael Bloomberg phrased it this way: “Americans will lead from the bottom up, and there isn’t anything Washington can do to stop us.” ~