Tuesday, June 6, 2017
The Earth does not have an unlimited ability to sustain its inhabitants. President Trump either does not care or does not understand this urgency.
Ten governors have pledged to continue compliance with the 2015 Paris Agreement despite the announcement of recent US plans to withdraw. The states have formed the bipartisan US Climate Change Alliance. The Alliance pledges to reach the goal of reducing greenhouse emissions by 26-28% of 2005 levels by 2025. This would ensure compliance with the goals of the Clean Power Plan, a plan that is now under review per the order of the President.
The governors join mayors, companies and universities that have organized and plan to file reports with the UN in lieu of those typically filed by member national governments. The collaborative was the idea of former NY Mayor Bloomberg who has pledged $15 million of his own money to the replace the US contribution that would have been made to fund the UN's costs in operating the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Local US advocates have assumed leadership in the human rights movement. This was a topic of discussion at the recent HR conference held at Columbia University.