Trump’s Withdrawal from the Paris Accords

President Trump announced last week his intention to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accords.  This decision is misinformed and reckless.  It ignores the overwhelming evidence that the world is getting hotter every year, and gives up our role of global leadership.  Exiting the agreement aligns the U.S. with Syria and Nicaragua, the only other two countries in the world that did not commit to the Paris Accords.

Trump said “I was elected to represent the people of Pittsburgh, not Paris.”  It’s worthwhile to linger on the know-nothingness of this statement for a moment.  The people of Paris did not form the climate accords – world leaders did, gathered in Paris to represent the people of their nations.  Pittsburgh, like all U.S. cities, will face hotter summers, refugee crises, food shortages, and other terrible effects of climate change if it is not addressed.

The ignorance of this decision and rhetoric is palpable.

So – what do we do now?

State and Local Action

With continued inaction at the federal level, it’s clear that the responsibility of meeting the challenges of climate change falls to the state and local levels of government.  Several states have banded together to form the Climate Alliance, with the stated goal of acting to meet the Paris Accord carbon reductions without federal support.

Massachusetts has joined the Alliance, and Governor Baker and Mayor Walsh have issued statements rejecting Trump’s decision.

Now those statements need to turn into policy.  We have a long way to go to reduce our carbon footprint in Boston to meet our climate goals.  Energy efficiency, green jobs, and resiliency planning should all come to the forefront now.

One of the easiest wins for the City of Boston is to adopt Community Choice Energy.  It would cost the city nothing to implement, and we will accelerate our transition to renewable energy by adopting more of it for our residents and businesses.

What You Can Do

City Council is considering this approach now.

Call Mayor Walsh (617-635- 4500) to tell him that you support Community Choice Energy, and that you consider the environment an important election year issue.

Call your City Councilor to ask that they support the plan brought forth by Councilors Wu and O’Malley to adopt Community Choice to get more renewable energy for Boston.

If you’re dismayed by the short-sighted withdrawal from the Paris accords, then you can still do something to resist, fight back, and help preserve the environment.

Bostonians want Climate Action – and the need is more urgent

The Yale Climate Communication group recently published a breakdown of climate opinion by county in the US.  Drilling down into the numbers in Suffolk county, we see the following:

  • 80% of Bostonians believe climate change is happening.
  • 72% are worried about climate change.
  • 87% support funding for developing more renewable energy
  • 75% support requiring utilities to source 20% of their generation from renewable sources.

This compares against the national average of 70% of Americans who believe climate change is happening.

It’s not surprising that Bostonians are progressive on climate action – we live on the ocean and are particularly exposed to rising sea levels, heat waves, and other climate effects.

But the need for action is getting more urgent.

So what can we do about it?

Call your city councilors (both for your district and the at-large councilors) to support the Community Choice Energy proposal sponsored by Councilors Wu and O’Malley.  Tell them you support the increasing renewable energy through municipal aggregation as part of Boston’s climate policy.

Check out this resource if you’re not sure who your city councilors are.  Just enter your zip code and scroll down to the “Local Representatives” section.

Calling is the best way to show your support – more than email or social media.  You’re letting them know you want to see them take action on climate change and that people in their districts are worried about it.

Together we can make a difference!

Clean Energy at the City Council

The Boston City Council will hold a working session on April 25th at 3pm to discuss adopting Community Choice Energy for the city.  The Boston Climate Action strongly supports this measure and we plan to show up to let the city council know.

Come out and join us – let’s get clean energy for everyone in Boston.

If you want to learn more about our Community Choice Energy campaign, visit the campaign site: https://communitychoiceboston.org