May 4, 2017 Exiting Paris Agreement Would Be A “Crime Against the Future”

Brooklyn, N.Y. — According to reports in the Washington Post and elsewhere, momentum is growing within the Trump Administration to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. Executive Director May Boeve issued the following statement in response:

“Withdrawing from the Paris Agreement would be a crime against the future. With the climate crisis unfolding all around us, it’s almost unfathomable to imagine an administration so warped by climate denial that they would trade away the future of our planet to protect a few fossil fuel billionaires.

The Trump Administration doesn’t represent the vast majority of the US public that supports Paris, nor the cities, states and institutions that will continue to push our economy away from fossil fuels and towards an 100% clean energy future that works for all. Hundreds of thousands of people took part in the Peoples Climate March last weekend to call for climate, jobs and justice. Those are the voices in the United States that the rest of the world should listen to and their message is clear: keep moving.” Global Program Director Payal Parekh added:

“If the United States exits the agreement, it will be up to the rest of the world to fill the gap. That means that not only other countries will need to step up, but also cities, institutions, and all of us. Efforts like this month’s Global Divestment Mobilisation, which is pushing institutions to cut their ties with the fossil fuel industry, are now more important than ever. The rest of the world can’t be dragged back by a fossil fuel industry puppet in the White House, we must move forward with the transition to 100% clean and renewable energy for all.”


Global contact: Hoda Baraka, [email protected]

US contact: Lindsay Meiman, [email protected]