June 1, 2017
Devastated. In 2015, nearly 200 countries came together in agreement to voluntarily reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to combat climate change. Each country set their own goals to limit their global carbon footprint. This is known as the Paris Agreement. With the US being the SECOND largest country in greenhouse gas emissions (second to China), this was huge not only for our own lives but for generations that will follow. Today, President Trump decided to withdrawal from this agreement. The only other two countries to not participate is Nicaragua.. and Syria.
This administration has continuously shocked me.. the tension flowing through in America can not go unnoticed.. it’s toxic. Now this? The entire world is watching and hanging their head in shame. I do want to be able to understand the other side.. but I am not sure I ever will. Why on Earth back out of something so crucial? I feel such a strong connection to this issue bc I have been lucky enough to visit the places that are already being effected by rising temperatures. I have connected on a personal level with the families whose villages were destroyed and rebuilt due to raising rivers. The selfishness the American government has expressed not only to the world, but to future generations, is beyond humiliating.