World Reacts To Trump’s Intent To Withdraw From Climate Treaty

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Washington, DC – President Donald Trump announced his intention to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement today, June 1. This prompted a strong response from people across the United States and around the world. Trump’s views on the climate crisis are in the minority.

US News & World Report wrote that there is broad public support for the Paris Agreement – even among Trump voters. By more than 5 to 1, voters say the U.S. should participate in the Paris climate agreement. A nationally representative survey conducted last November after the election found that seven in 10 registered voters say the U.S. should participate in the Paris climate agreement. Only 13 percent say the U.S. should not. Trump is in a tiny minority and does not represent the people of the United States.

There are many in the United States pushing for a rapid transition to a clean energy economy and who are doing all they can to battle climate change. This includes people working at the state and local levels to put policies in place that combat climate change, protesting to push the federal government to put in place sensible climate policies and changing their lifestyles in order to limit their carbon footprint whether it is eating less meat and buying local, driving fuel efficient, hybrid or zero emission cars, walking, biking or taking mass transit.

The Paris agreement was flawed, as we reported when it was finalized, now we have to work for a serious binding agreement and the kind of rapid transition that is urgently needed in order to reduce climate gasses and adapt to the climate crisis, which is already occurring. The US has had failed climate leadership for three decades, Trump is only the latest president to flunk the climate justice test. This is a reminder that once again it is up to the people. We need to educate, organize and mobilize to build the power we need to create the world we want to see.

Our weekly newsletter will focus on this issue. Here are some reactions today from Twitter.