So you’ve probably been hearing a lot about the “Paris Accord” and climate change being real lately.
A lot of people are upset because not only was the Paris Agreement years in the making but it was also a symbol of unity around the world, a common goal.
So what did the Paris Accord actually entail?
- It was a voluntary agreement (not a treaty)
- The only other countries not to sign (besides us) are Syria and Nicaragua
- The overall goal is to keep the earth from warming 2 degrees by year 2100 which can ACTUALLY have catastrophic consequences in terms of natural disasters worldwide.
- To do this, the Paris Acord set out guidelines for each country that, if followed, will reduce emissions etc. and prevent the temperature from rising.
- This way, every nation is held accountable for their role in climate change.
- It passed in record time, proving that the global community is taking climate change seriously.
What was Donald Trump’s reasoning behind pulling out?
It’s mostly symbolic but he wants to roll back restrictions on energy in general.
What happened in Hawaii?
Hawaii became the first state to sign the Paris agreement in defiance of our federal government. But they won’t be the last!
Which other states are going to sign?
So far, Washington, Oregon, California, Hawaii, Minnesota, New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delaware, and Virginia have fully committed to signing. AND Montana, Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, D.C., and Maryland have all come out and said they are considering signing at this time.
What do you think of the Paris Accord? Do you feel it’s important for us to sign it? Is your state one of the ones signing? Leave comments below!