Trump Has Begun to Formally Withdraw From the Paris Climate Agreement

Greta Thunberg, right, gives Trump a telling look as he walks through the United Nations corridors to spend a token few minutes at a global climate summit this past September

“You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.”

“The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us I say we will never forgive you. We will not let you get away with this. Right here, right now is where we draw the line.”                – 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg at a United Nations Climate Summit this past summer

News from the Sierra Club in the United States

Posted November 5th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

This past Monday, November 4th, the Trump administration notified the United Nations that it is quitting the Paris Agreement.

This shameful act of presidential negligence means that the U.S. will be the only country in the world that is not participating in this landmark international climate agreement.

This is not only a stunning abdication of global leadership; it threatens to devastate ecosystems and unleash unprecedented suffering on generations of vulnerable people, both here and abroad.

We’re not taking this lying down. We will work even harder with our allies in Congress and at the state and local level to hold this administration accountable and keep our country moving forward.

Here are ten ways the Sierra Club plans to keep the spirit of the Paris Agreement alive in our work over the next few years:

  • 1. Secure a commitment from our next president to rejoin the agreement on day one.
  • 2. Go to the mat for the Green New Deal.
  • 3. Continue retiring coal-fired power plants at a record pace.
  • 4. Commit to repowering our cities and states with 100% renewable energy.
  • 5. Work to electrify the transportation sector.
  • 6. Fight to keep fossil fuels in the ground.
  • 7. Undo the Trump administration’s rollback of vital clean air and water protections.
  • 8. Advocate for sustainable agriculture.
  • 9. Ensure trade deals like NAFTA 2.0 don’t deepen the climate crisis.
  • 10. Partner with frontline communities to ensure a just transition to a cleaner, more climate-resilient world.

If we do our work well, we can undo much of the damage done by this administration. But we can’t do it without you.

Onward together,  Michael Brune, Executive Director. Sierra Club

Please make a monthly donation to counter Trump’s negligence and make it clear that we won’t sit on the sidelines while the rest of the world acts.

For more information on the Sierra Club and how you can support its efforts, click on – https://www.sierraclub.ca/en .

A Brief Afterword from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper –

There are no words to describe how ignorant, how narrow in focus, how irresponsible and how dangerous this move by Trump is to finally follow through and do what he has been threatening to do since taking office – make his country, which is one of the largest emitters in the world of climate-changing pollutants per capita, the only one to walk away from a Paris Climate Agreement, drafted in late 2015)  that virtually every other country on the planet, including Canada, is a party to.

Given the amount of damage and destruction already being done around the world by an ever-rising frequency of severe weather-related episodes, from floods, droughts and wildfires to high wind storms and species extinction, Trump’s record on climate change and on environmental protection in general, borderlines on criminal negligence.

And if I were a member of U.S. Congress, I would impeach him for that reason alone. Yet Trump hasn’t done this alone and he certainly couldn’t do it if he were not elected to one of the most powerful offices in the world.

On that note, there is nothing good I can say about the millions of Americans who have and continue to be ignorant enough to support this man.

The damage and destruction Trump is doing on the environment file alone could have a damaging and destructive impact on Canada and the rest of the world, and for present and future generations of humans and other life on this planet for decades, if not centuries to come.

By the way, Trump is pulling this move to formally request his country’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord during the same week that more than 11,000 scientists from more than 150 countries around the world, including Canada, sign a declaration that this world and every living being in it is now facing a climate emergency.

When will this Trump nightmare end?

–         Doug Draper, Niagara At Large

To read a news release Niagara At Large posted this November 11th on more than 11,000 scientists around the world declaring a climate emergency, click on – https://niagaraatlarge.com/2019/11/05/more-than-11000-scientists-from-184-countries-around-the-world-declare-climate-emergency/

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“A politician thinks of the next election. a leader thinks of the next generation.” – Bernie Sanders

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