Written by Rory Redgrave
On Thursday, June 1st, Donald Trump announced that the United States would be pulling out of the Paris Agreement, the first ever international collective stance on fighting climate change. The Paris Agreement is built on a framework of transparency so that countries involved can track each other's emissions and work together to control and reduce rising global temperatures. It also employs a new financial framework to support developing countries, which are most at risk, in their efforts to prepare and fight climate-related issues.
By pulling out of the agreement, Trump has removed the second-largest contributing country to the global climate crisis from an accord where its participation is crucial. In his announcement to remove the U.S. from the Paris Agreement, Trump referenced the needs of the citizens of Pittsburg as his main motivation. He claimed the accord would not be beneficial to their economy, businesses, and well-being, nor to those of similar cities. An article written by The Incline details why Trump made a huge mistake in pulling out of the agreement, and more specifically explains why cities like Pittsburg will benefit from climate action and will continue to follow the Paris Agreement, as well as other climate organizing strategies, despite Trump’s decision. Even though the United States has pulled out of the Paris Agreement, there are many states, cities, and organizations still committing to the goals set by the accord. For more about the aftermath of the United States’ withdrawal from the climate accord, click here.