Hawaii Rebels Against Trump On Paris Climate Accord
- Author: Carolyn Briggs Jun 13, 2017,
Jun 13, 2017, 6:30
Countries in the Caribbean Community have committed to keeping their Nationally Determined Contributions committed to under the Paris Agreement, despite the United States' announcement of withdrawal.
"It is imperative that the world know that in the US, the actors that will provide the leadership necessary to meet our Paris commitment are found in city halls, state capitals, colleges and universities, investors, and businesses", the governor said. Combating global warming is necessary.
Trump - who has called climate change a "hoax" and "mythical"- made the controversial decision last week to opt out of the deal.
The Paris Climate Agreement was signed by 195 countries in 2015 and set a goal of curbing greenhouse gas emissions, along with keeping a global rise in temperature this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
Fuller went on to say that the real concern is whether the United States will remain quiet in future climate change negotiations, or if they will take an adversarial approach and impede the negotiations. "We will need to rely on leadership at the state, city, and municipal level as we await leadership at the national level."States and cities hold enormous economic clout". This historic agreement, in which all but two of the world's countries agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, is a crucial step toward limiting future warming of our planet.
Public forums on the plan will be scheduled throughout 2017. There will be several pre-meetings leading up to the event, which will give countries an opportunity to gauge what approach the USA will take going forward.
Hawaii Governor David Ige signed a bill on Tuesday requiring state officials to plan a response to climate change that aligns the state with the standards and goals of the Paris pact, according to Scott Glenn, an environmental adviser to the governor. "North Carolina's commitment to clean air and a healthy environment will remain a priority despite the lack of forward thinking leadership from the current administration".