Today, Donald Trump made a historic mistake by announcing he will be withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement. This unprecedented move is catapulting the U.S. into last place -- we’re now one of only three countries in the entire world who aren’t a part of the Agreement. In case you were wondering, that’s yuge, and in the worst way possible.
Trump’s ignorance on climate action has ceded U.S. leadership and irreparably tarnished our ability to work with other nations. Generations from now, people will be able to look back at this moment and pinpoint one of the lowest points in our history.
But, fear not! Trump and his corporate polluting cronies may want you to think that this decision will bring international climate action to a screeching halt, but the Agreement will move forward with or without Trump. In fact, no other country has even indicated that they will follow the U.S. out of the Agreement. It’s the opposite, actually. Countries like China, India, and the EU have all reaffirmed their commitments to the Paris Agreement and have said that they will continue to move forward on climate action even without the U.S.
That sentiment is echoed by businesses, local elected officials, and a majority of Americans in all 50 states. The world should know that state and local action in the United States is moving strongly forward even in the face of Trump's historic mistake. For every terrible decision Trump makes, grassroots activists, frontline communities, local governments, and concerned people across the country are fighting to make sure climate action and clean energy growth continues. Ini fact, with our allies, Sierra Club members and supporters have helped retire more than 250 polluting coal plants - seven this year - and helped more than 25 American cities commit to getting 100 percent of their energy from clean, renewable sources.
We aren’t going to wait around for our climate denier-in-chief to play catch up -- our resistance is sustainable and we are fighting back. In other words, you’re not alone, and there are lots of things you can do to respond to Trump and keep up the #resistance.