— Tim McGill (@WGNWeatherGuy) June 6, 2017
More and more leaders in the United States are taking a stand with the world and the Paris Agreement. Donald Trump does not speak for them, and those of us who stand with science, the environment and the future.
In spite of the urging of Pope Francis, Elon Musk, and even Rex Tillerson, President Trump announced that the United States would no longer be part of the Paris Agreement. The Paris Agreement is not legally binding. It is an honor system, more of a handshake among world leaders.
Could it be that Donald Trump did not like the newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron’s handshake? It’s true that President Trump supported Macron’s far-right rival, Marine Le Pen. It is disturbing but not surprising that President Trump did what he did. His allegiance is with oil and dictators.
Since this announcement, Elon Musk has resigned from President Trump’s advisory board. Acting US ambassador to China David Rank has resigned from his post in Beijing because he could not “in good conscience” support the President’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. You can read more here.
In the wake of the Paris announcement, many international businesses and leaders of states and cities in the US have taken it upon themselves to stand with the Paris Agreement. They will work with the rest of the world toward a more sustainable future. You can read the open letter, and a list of the participants here.
In the graphic above, you can see the Green states that have joined the Climate Alliance. Illinois has not joined, yet.
Mayor Emanuel and the City of Chicago are on the list. As the CTA celebrates the 125th anniversary of the elevated train lines today, we celebrate the vision of public transportation, and livable urban environments. Yes, there is a lot of work to be done.
There are things that each of us as individuals can do, too. We can be less wasteful and more generous. We can be more conscious of our energy and water usage. We can drive less and walk more. We can learn about the world and the weather we all share.