June 1, 2017

With Trump Out of Paris, the Road Ahead is Up to Us

Washington D.C – President Donald Trump announced from the White House Rose Garden that the U.S would exit the Paris Climate Agreement for the alleged “well being of the United States and its people.”

In response, 350.org Executive Director May Boeve issued the following statement:

“Trump has made his decision and we’re making ours – the rest of the world and the majority of Americans who support the Paris Climate Agreement will stand by it. We won’t be dragged back by a shortsighted and destructive fossil fuel puppet in the White House. While the Trump Administration has spent its first months rolling back hard-won protections for our communities and climate, we have spent it developing a shared vision of the transition away from fossil fuels towards a 100% clean energy economy that works for all.

“We’re already seeing dozens of cities commit to 100% renewable energy, a trend that will only continue. And throughout the world, leaders are committing to filling the gap that the U.S has created. We must use Trump’s bad example to demand that our cities, states, and other institutions step up on climate action in meaningful ways.

“We will harness public outrage into meaningful on-the-ground action. By working at the local and regional level, communities can organize for powerful and lasting change, forcing elected officials to choose a side: that of Trump and his fossil fuel billionaire cabinet, or that of the people fighting for a stable climate and an economy that works for everyone. We can use the next four years to show that everywhere across the country the transition to renewable energy is underway and creating tens of thousands of good paying jobs in the process. This was always up to us, and we must ensure we meet the challenge.”

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Press Contact: Thanu Yakupitiyage, U.S Communications Manager, thanu@350.org, 413-687-5160

350.org is a global climate justice organization that has coordinated over 20,000 climate rallies in more than 180 countries. The organization has helped lead the fight against the Keystone XL pipeline, spearheaded the growing fossil fuel divestment campaign, and co-organized the largest climate march in history, the People’s Climate March.

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