Surprise, surprise. President Donald Trump has shocked the world again. He adds yet another fantastic decision to his list of other ones in hopes to only “make America great again”. This man ceases to amaze me and the other 7 billion people around the world. On June 1st, Trump proudly announced in the White House rose garden that the U.S is abandoning The Paris agreement. He proved that he knows absolutely nothing about climate change and how to deal with it. His facts and ideas on climate change are way off. The orange man doesn’t seem to know what he’s talking about. Are you getting fact checked? Who’s writing your speeches? Nevertheless this topic brings up an important issue and I wanted to share what I'm thinking. Don’t worry I’ll keep it short.
First, you are probably asking what is the Paris Agreement? What is the big deal? It’s an agreement between 195 countries bringing them to a common cause to fight climate change and improve global efforts to adapt to the effects of climate change. Essentially it’s one big international pact to agree to help preserve our earth and environment by coming up with new resources, adaptations, financial flows and structures to reduce the climate’s harsh impacts. It is a way for countries and governments to be transparent about their actions and work together towards nationally determined contributions. It’s a non binding agreement meaning countries are not bound legally and decide upon their own contributions. So each participating country created a plan to reduce its planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions and they are implementing more renewable energy and resources in the public and private sectors. It’s possible to find a balance between a good economy and environment isn’t it? This is extremely important because global warming and climate change is happening right now and it is our job to try to prevent it for ourselves and the future generations. I don’t want people in 2067 thinking what were they doing, they could have easily stopped this.
Let’s rewind a bit to Trump who shouldn’t have left the agreement. Although I believe his actions have sparked more conversation on the importance of climate change than ever. Bringing leaders all around the world like Prime minister Trudeau, Chancellor Merkel, President Macron and even Leonardo DiCaprio to get them talking, which in turn leads to all of us talking about it too. His withdrawal from the Paris agreement will motivate the private sector to step up and is inspiring action and innovation because the U.S government is falling short. Everyone seems to be outraged by what he did but the upside is that more and more people are aware and learning about this pressing issue. So, I want to talk about the effects. There is a lot of damage due to increased temperatures and levels of carbon dioxide produced by fossil fuels. The world loves fossil fuels. The truth is that failing to fight to restrain climate change will be more costly and have a greater devastating impact than making efforts to transition off fossil fuels. Here’s what’s at stake. The past two years have been the hottest on record caused by the buildup of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere which causes the planet to spit back storms, intensive hurricanes, floods, droughts, high rising sea levels. The result is displaced communities, homes being taken away, an increase in disease, threats to agriculture, water, our security and resources. This will snowball to further social, economic and political uproar. This affects everywhere around the world from countries border lining the equator to some of the world’s poorest countries and yes also the U.S.
People all over the world are rallying to support the Paris Agreement because we recognize that climate change is not a hypothetical problem that is supposed to happen in the future but is happening now. I think that even though the U.S pulling out of the Paris Agreement is horrible, some good is also coming out of it. It’s driving us to care more and get people thinking about just how important and severe climate change is. I hope that our governments serve in our best interests to protect our air and water but sometimes that’s not the case. So, as citizens and businesses we can create the change we want. The positive side is people are aware, businesses are using 100 percent renewable energy, people are designing green buildings, products and leaders include climate in their business reports. And then there is my generation filled with creators, innovators and thinkers ready to design green solutions for a cleaner future. So, we will be okay as long as we recognize that deals like the Paris Agreement are important and that climate change is at the forefront which needs our attention. Trump is still an idiot who made a bad decision but you know what... he’s simply adding fuel to the fire for the environmental revolution. He might not know what’s right but we do.