Admiral James Stradvidis said “fighting climate change is the ultimate team sport.” By withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement, President Trump put the world’s strongest player on the bench, leaving the rest of the team alone to take on a very tough opponent: climate change.
While our president may have ceded our leadership role on this team, many Americans are not willing to do so. Fortunately, they have found other ways to level the playing field and continue the fight.
The Bee editorial (online June 1) expertly laid out what California is doing to further the fight on climate change. Other U.S. cities and states have pledged to honor and uphold the commitments in the Paris accord. The House of Representatives now has 40 members in its Climate Solutions Caucus (which purposefully has equal numbers of Republicans and Democrats). In the few days since the announcement, the business community, including oil companies such as Exxon, have pledged to uphold their commitments.
America is not ready to sit on the bench. Even without leadership at the top, the fight will continue from the ground up. As French President Emmanuel Macron has said, “Let’s make our planet great again!”
Loren Alving, Fresno