Many large businesses, such as Google and Amazon, have jumped onto a bandwagon named “We Are Still In” that is recommitting its agreements to the Paris Agreement on climate change despite President Donald Trump’s withdrawal. They proclaim that even though the agreement does not have the U.S. government’s support, it does not mean they do not have the support of U.S. businesses.
This announcement came only days after President Trump made official his decision to withdraw from the history-making deal that was agreed upon and signed by over 190 nations.
The coalition that has now grown to encompass over 1,000 universities, businesses, and cities, released an official statement:
“In the absence of leadership from Washington, states, cities, colleges and universities and businesses representing a sizeable percentage of the U.S. economy will pursue ambitious climate goals, working together to take forceful action and to ensure that the U.S. remains a global leader in reducing emissions.
This group has called itself “the broadest cross-section of the American economy yet assembled in pursuit of climate action.”
And the statement isn’t wrong.
This effort has a head at the helm, which just happens to be New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, and he has promised to contribute $15 million to the United Nation climate change secretariat that is now lost by Washington’s move.
Since President Trump’s official announcement to pull from this agreement, the pressure is mounting on governments on a state and city level to do more to fight the growing concerns of global warming, which ushers in a new and very complex situation in the growing book of the U.S. fight against climate change.
So far, over 200 U.S. mayors have pledged to follow the Paris Agreement standards even though they will not be enforced on a federal level, and nine U.S. governors have formed their own “climate alliance,” in order to help coordinate their cross-state actions.
Not only that, but state governors like Governor Jerry Brown of California are beginning to sign deals with other countries, like he did with China, that enforce a pledge to work with outside forces in order to reduce emissions and help create green technologies.
It looks as if Trump’s guidance is nothing more than the small print at the bottom of an infomercial.
Watch the video below for more information on this phenomenon.
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