The United States has begun the long, four-year process of pulling out of the Paris climate agreement. The rest of the world has remained steadfast in their support of comprehensive goals to avoid catastrophic climate change.
While the politicians in Washington D.C. may not be willing to work with the international community on the issue of climate change, U.S. states are on board and the world is taking notice.
Both China and the European Union have declared an eagerness to work with any states and cities that want to continue fighting against climate change.
“Strong transatlantic ties are far more important and far more durable than the latest unfortunate decisions of the new administration,” EU President Donald Tusk said.
Despite Trump’s desire to “renegotiate” the terms of the Paris climate accord, the international community is having none of it and numerous cities and states have signed on to a climate alliance to meet the goals laid out in our original agreement.
One of the most challenging aspects of the United States pulling out of the agreement is finding the funding dedicated to helping poorer countries develop while meeting their own carbon reduction goals. China and the European Union have made it known that the funding will be available, topping $100 billion by 2020.
“The decision of the United States to pull out of the Paris agreement is utterly regrettable, and that is me choosing very restrained language,” said German chancellor Angela Merkel.
“This is why it is necessary now after this announcement by the US administration yesterday evening, to turn our attention to the future.”
American states with mostly Democratic leadership have begun to declare their intents to see through the Paris agreement. On Tuesday, Hawaii became the first state in the country to officially sign a bill into law that adopts the goals of the Paris climate agreement.
“Reducing greenhouse emissions in Hawaii is now the law — the state law,” reports Hawaii Public Radio’s Bill Dorman. “While the specifics are a bit vague, the political message is clear: to keep pace with environmental commitments made as part of the Paris accord.”
Governor David Ige signed the senate bill, citing his own motivation by the overwhelming evidence of climate change that is visible to Hawaiians every day.
“We are the testing grounds. … We are especially aware of the limits of our natural environment,” Ige said. “Tides are getting higher, biodiversity is shrinking, coral is bleaching, coastlines are eroding, weather is becoming more extreme. We must acknowledge these realities at home. That is why Hawaii is united in its political leadership on tackling climate change.”
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