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Pushing forward despite the Paris Agreement pull-out

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By now, you’ve probably heard that President Trump earlier this month announced that he would be pulling the United States out of the historic Paris Agreement on climate change. While this is troubling to all who particularly enjoy living on a habitable planet, there’s still plenty of questions that remain.

Climate change isn’t some distant threat; it’s already having observable effects on the environment, as confirmed by NASA scientists. We’re seeing the loss of sea ice, accelerated sea level rise and longer, more intense heat waves. Acting on climate isn’t about politics, but doing what’s right for all people living on this planet.

Here’s everything you need to know about how we can still push forward on climate despite the Paris pull-out:

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It’s time to make America green again

We live in peculiar times. While markets are booming and unemployment in the United States now is at it’s lowest in nearly a decade, economic inequality is worse than ever. More than half of Americans are just a $500 unexpected expense away from financial ruin. And the world’s richest eight people have as much wealth as the bottom half of the global population. Meanwhile, pressing environmental challenges, punctuated by climate change, are threatening communities across the nation.

While there has been plenty of talk about “making America great again,” this misses the point. The world always is moving forward, and there’s no going backward. If we want to ensure America’s greatness, then we need to “make it green again.” Continue reading