Planning today's post, we were going to write about our favorite lipgloss, but we can not shake the deep sadness, disappointment, and darkness we have felt since our country's President stood in the Rose Garden and announced America's withdrawal from the Paris Accord yesterday.
Having trouble sorting out what all this means? You are not alone, these days it seems hard to catch our breath everything is moving so fast. We felt nothing was more important to us than sharing this information. We wanted to give you a condensed cliff notes version of what went down and why it is so important and devastating for our planet.
WHAT IS THE PARIS ACCORD?
"The Paris Agreement (French: Accord de Paris) is an agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) dealing with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation, and finance starting in the year 2020. The language of the agreement was negotiated by representatives of 195 countries at the 21st Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC in Paris and adopted by consensus on 12 December 2015. As of June 2017, 195 UNFCCC members have signed the agreement, 148 of which have ratified it."
Basically, the Paris Accord is an agreement that came through the UN that was worked on and developed by 195 countries. A promise to each other and the earth to try our best as a united group of nations to protect our one and only planet. This was signed on Earth Day 2016 by 195 world leaders including then President Barack Obama
"(a) Holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels, recognizing that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change;
(b) Increasing the ability to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change and foster climate resilience and low greenhouse gas emissions development, in a manner that does not threaten food production;
(c) Making finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development."
To be simple as possible. Each country gets to choose its own contribution to this global effort. As part of this agreement, we would be encouraged to strive to lower America's carbon footprint. We would be encouraged to invest in renewable energy companies and have strict regulations on off-gassing and industrial waste. Actions like these would not be forced but encouraged for the betterment of our planet as a whole. Each country would report on it's progress every two years in a special report.
"In the Paris Agreement, each country determines its own contribution it should make in order to mitigate global warming. There is no mechanism to force a country to set a specific target by a specific date."
"The contributions that each individual country should make in order to achieve the worldwide goal are determined by all countries individually and called "nationally determined contributions" (NDCs). Article 3 requires them to be "ambitious", "represent a progression over time" and set "with the view to achieving the purpose of this Agreement". The contributions should be reported every five years and are to be registered by the UNFCCC Secretariat. Each further ambition should be more ambitious than the previous one, known as the principle of 'progression'."
"The specific climate goals are thus politically encouraged, rather than legally bound. Only the processes governing the reporting and review of these goals are mandated under international law. This structure is especially notable for the United States—because there are no legal mitigation or finance targets, the agreement is considered an "executive agreement rather than a treaty". Because the UNFCCC treaty of 1992 received the consent of the Senate, this new agreement does not require further legislation from Congress for it to take effect."
I'm sure you are following along you are thinking pretty much what we were thinking... This is amazing! Everyone working together in a constructive and diplomatic way to fight the inevitable damage our planet has suffered and continues to suffer at the hands of uninformed masses of humans. Look, it's understandable... For hundreds of years, we didn't realize the damage we were doing to our planet. The long lasting repercussions of our drilling, burning, wasting, gassing, and chemical spreading. As humans, the effects of the coal, textile, auto and animal agriculture and many more industries were causing our planet to slowly die. Our defense then was we didn't know.
We know now. We know and it's terrifying. How can we turn a blind eye to this? Especially when the rest of the modern, intelligent and civilized world is offering us all a way to try and repair it... Or at the very least slow down the Earth's demise.
Sounds perfect right? If not perfect then at least it sounds like something... Like we are doing something to save the Earth....
Well, welcome to the Trump Administration. Where nothing makes sense and everything makes you want to scream.
In a quote from his announcement on America withdrawing from the agreement, Trump said
"At what point does America get demeaned? At what point do they start laughing at us as a country?" Trump inquired during an afternoon event held in a sun-drenched Rose Garden.
"We want fair treatment," Trump said. "We don't want other countries and other leaders to laugh at us anymore."
Sir, the other countries and their leaders are laughing. They are laughing at you for your narrow-minded, bull-headed and dangerous actions.
America now stands with only two other countries as the nations that are not part of the Paris Accord. Syria & Nicaragua.
Both Syria & Nicaragua produce only a small fraction on the greenhouse gasses America produces. Here is a little more information on why Nicaragua and Syria are not part of the deal...
Unlike our president who, despite endless scientific evidence still believes that Global Warming is some sort of hoax or fabricated story, Nicaragua denied the Paris Accord because they didn't think it went far enough to help reverse climate change.
As for Syria, well since they are an international pariah and have been devastated and torn by the genocide of their leader Assad. Members of Assad's government have sanctions that ban them from international travel... Oh except to countries like Iran and Russia. Speaking of Russia, that brings us back to Trump.
In an effort to "Stand by his base" Trump decided to abandon the wishes of millions of American's. While claiming to stand by the people that voted for him, Trump continues to do no such thing.
Trump voters, your health care costs will sky-rocket if you're lucky enough to be able to get it. Your rights will be stripped away one by one. Sure maybe you can keep your guns and that seems to be the only constitutional right you are concerned about.
Trump will continue to put you down into coal mines- an important job, but one that is detrimental to your personal health as well as the health of our planet instead of training you for jobs in the renewable energy job sector.
He will tell you he's making America Great again while he and his family manufacture their goods in China and make billions of dollars using his dirty name to sell crappy promises all around the world.
He will tell you "I'm going to build that Dakota Access Pipeline and I'm going to use American Steel", and then he will buy the steel from Russia.
He will tell you he's out of the Paris Accord to benefit you, his loyal base when really he is out to benefit his friends in big business. Because it would cost them too much to lower their carbon emissions and he wants to let them save a buck by dropping their chemical waste in the streams and waterways near your homes, near where your children play.
Don't fool yourselves, Donald Trump doesn't care about anyone r anything that doesn't benefit him. Maybe you helped him win the election, but he can't relate to you and your struggles.
Then when we all get sick because our planet is polluted and wasted away, they will turn you away from hospitals because you probably have a pre-existing condition.
Stepping away from the Paris Accord isn't a shrewd businessman, he's a greedy small minded opportunist.
Shooting ourselves in the foot, taking us from a leading nation in the world, arguably THE leading nation in the world and setting us back into the dark ages. Not only will out earth suffer, our economy will suffer because we will not be investing our efforts into the energy sources of the future. Creating millions of jobs and becoming leaders in the field.
No, we are going to stay here and give that up, thanks anyway.
Trust us, Donald. The world is laughing, and they are laughing at you but as Americans and Earthlings, we are crying in shame.
In the words of our former President,
"The nations that remain in the Paris Agreement will be the nations that reap the benefits in jobs and industries created. I believe the United States of America should be at the front of the pack. But even in the absence of American leadership; even as this Administration joins a small handful of nations that reject the future; I’m confident that our states, cities, and businesses will step up and do even more to lead the way, and help protect for future generations the one planet we’ve got."
We need to take the future into our own hands and pray that the Trump administration doesn't do any permanent damage that can't be reversed when he is gone. We will fight for the impeachment of this dishonest man.
Keep up the resistance!