Nature Abhors a Vacuum

Climate Change won’t go way – even though President Trump is taking the US out of the Paris Accord.

The public support in the United States for action on climate change and in favour of the Accord is something President Trump did not expect.  Otherwise he probably would not have repeated his script writer’s memorable words that he was

 “elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh not Paris”.

To which the Mayor of Pittsburgh tweeted:

“As the Mayor of Pittsburgh, I can assure you that we will follow the guidelines of the Paris Agreement for our people, our economy & future.”

The United States Climate Alliance was formed on the same day President Trump announced that the US would withdraw from the Accord.   This Alliance is an association of US States who

“ are committed to achieving the U.S. goal of reducing emissions 26–28 percent from 2005 levels and meeting or exceeding the targets of the federal Clean Power Plan.”

Over ten US States have joined the Alliance, including Washington, California and New York, three states that are leaders in the development of policies to limit climate change. Many other states, headed by both Republican and Democratic Governors, have since joined the Alliance.

Europe’s cities and regions continue to deliver ambition locally to achieve one common goal:  forging a path towards a sustainable future.  An umbrella association, the Covenant of Mayors, brought together hundreds of regions and cities across the globe to share ambition and set the future climate agenda.To share their vision take a look at video on the Global Covenant of Mayors Website.

Toronto is one of these cities.  The program Transform Toronto promises to be a policy to regenerate the civic commitment of individuals to work towards a successful outcome.  It is just one example of how the vacuum at the national level can be filled by action at the civic level.



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