Despite President Trump’s decision to remove the US from the Paris Climate Agreement a wide swath—more than 1 million people—have pledged to do their part to reduce the US’s climate impact by signing the “I Am Still In” petition. The effort builds on other efforts across the US by business and political leaders like governors and mayors that are supporting the Paris Agreement as well.
The petition was delivered today (Nov. 15) at an event held by the US People’s Delegation in Bonn, Germany, at the latest follow up to the Paris Climate Agreement, the 23rd Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). At the event speakers discussed why they support Paris Agreement and what they are doing to meet the agreement’s requirements. The signatures were placed in a time capsule to be opened 50 years from now, in 2067.
One of the keys to meeting the requirements of the Paris Agreement include reducing the use of fossil fuels and increasing the use of renewable energy like solar and wind power. Thankfully states across the country aren’t slowing down their deployments of renewable energy even as the Trump Administration is trying to support more coal-fired power plants in the US.
“The Trump administration’s corruption and dishonesty has no limits—despite the strongest scientific evidence to the contrary, they continue to lie to the American people for benefit of fossil fuel interests,” said Tom Steyer, NextGen America president. “The American people are fed up with this administration, and every day, more and more Americans are standing up to hold corporate polluters accountable and protect our clean air and water.”
To rally support for the effort more than 38 events were hosted across 17 states and the Capitol yesterday. They were hosted by groups including the Center for American Progress, Organizing for Action, 350.org, League of Conservation Voters, Second Nature, Sierra Club, NextGen America, The Climate Reality Project, Climate Nexus and more.
“While world leaders convene in Germany, Americans across the country are making their voices heard,” said Christy Goldfuss, vice president of Energy and Environment Policy at the Center for American Progress. “The United States will continue to stand up for climate action in the absence of federal leadership. Today, we are bringing those voices to the international community and we will continue to support the governors; mayors; and tribal and local officials who are leading the way.”
“Donald Trump and fossil fuel CEOs believe this world belongs to the few who look, live, and think like them,” said Anthony Torres, associate campaign representative with Sierra Club. “They attempt to divide and deceive Americans with hate and denial. But, we, the people, see right through their greed. We demand that the U.S. government fully achieve the Paris climate goals and ensure health, justice, and livelihoods for all.”Tweet