On Monday November 4 the U.S. filed to withdraw from the Paris Agreement as President Trump announced in June 2017.
195 parties have signed onto the Paris Agreement, a global commitment to limit global warming by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and developing clean economies. The withdrawal of the United States from this commitment means the world’s second largest emitter of greenhouse gases becomes the only country not involved.
The U.S. abandons its promise to address climate change as emissions rise and communities increasingly feel the impacts to our health, homes, land, and economies from extreme weather and changing ecosystems. This decision goes against the clear science and public demand for urgent action to address the climate crisis.
Despite the opposition of the U.S. federal government, local governments, educational institutions, private companies, and other groups representing the majority of the country continue to take leadership towards the Paris Agreement goals. Over 3,800 leaders from local, tribal, states, and the private sector are in the We Are Still In coalition working towards the Paris Agreement goals, alongside 25 governors in the US Climate Alliance including Minnesota, and more than 400 U.S. Climate Mayors. Together, their commitments would deliver a full two-thirds of the U.S. 2020 targets in the Paris Agreement.
Last year, Climate Generation convened Minnesota leaders who are part of We Are Still In to use their influence and share best practices throughout the private sector, including sending a delegation of business leaders to the U.N. climate summit, COP24.
This announcement precedes the 2019 U.N. climate summit, which will take place in Madrid, Spain. You can follow Climate Generation at COP25 in Madrid as we elevate local solutions and bring home new ideas to show the world that Minnesota is still committed to our role in global cooperation.
The vast majority of U.S. voters support staying in the Paris Agreement by more than 5 to 1. Voters recognize that slowing the transition to a green economy threatens our communities already facing increasing climate impacts, and weakens our economy and global relationships.
The U.S. filing will take one full year to go into effect, which lands one day after Election Day, on November 3, 2020. Heading into the 2020 elections, individuals everywhere can use their voices to elevate climate change as a top issue for action, and elect climate champions who will move the U.S. toward climate action across every community at the local, state, federal and tribal levels.
Learn how to use your voice and your vote to lead on climate action through Climate Generation’s activation campaign that will kickoff in January of 2020 at bandtogethermn.org.