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Trump Withdraws US From Paris Climate Agreement. Here's What Happens Next

June 02, 2017 | climate change / global warming / Wildlife

Friends of Animals (FoA) is extremely disappointed by President Trump’s recent decision to exit the Paris Agreement and thereby forfeiting U.S. government leadership on climate change. This choice to turn his back on the environment and wildlife is completely unfathomable. But the truth of the matter is even though Trump has utterly dropped the ball on climate change, there are many who will carry it forward.
 

The Facts

  • Trump’s decision will not take legal effect immediately. Under the Paris deal’s provisions, signatory nations must wait at least three years after entering the agreement to withdraw, and even then it takes a year for the withdrawal to go into effect. That means the U.S. exit won’t take effect legally until November 4, 2020, one day after the next presidential election.

 

  • Excluding Syria and Nicaragua, every other nation in the world has already committed—through the existing Paris deal—to accelerating the move away from fossil fuels.
     

  • Trump’s decision was met with defiance from governors and dozens of mayors who vowed to continue to honor the goals of the accord to reduce global warming. Most notably, the governor Jerry Brown of California, which is one of the largest economies in the world, said in a statement "California will resist this misguided and insane course of action.” Governors of Massachusetts, Oregon, New York, Colorado, Connecticut and Virginia have also agreed to abide by the agreement as well.
     

  • Mayors across the country are jumping on board, too. 134 U.S. cities (and counting) are signed on to the Compact of Mayors, an initiative designed to help cities around the world make their plans to fight climate change a reality. In January, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti told the Trump administration stay out of the way when it comes to cities’ acting on climate. And after Trump invoked the people of Pittsburgh to defend his disastrous Paris Climate withdraw, Pittsburgh’s Mayor Bill Peduto took to twitter to reaffirm his city’s commitment to climate action.

 

How Climate Change Hurts Wildlife

  • In addition to the coastal cities around the world, a future without curbing climate change is bad news for a huge variety of wildlife species such as pikas, polar bears and wolves as well as a wide range of migratory birds and cold-water fish such as steelhead and salmon.
     

  • Warmer ocean waters can kill coral reefs, which countless marine species depend on for food and shelter. Changes in ocean currents are shifting the location of prime feeding grounds farther from islands where certain seabirds have nested for centuries.

 

What You Can Do

  • Speak out today by putting your members of Congress on notice! Tell them you’ll be holding them accountable to protect the commitments made under the Paris Agreement to fight climate change and keep wildlife and our environment safe. Find your Members of Congress here.
     

There are many ways you can personally take action against climate change and protect wildlife. Check out our list of 10 ways you can fight global warming right now.

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