Last month, the Trump administration officially began the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement. What is the Paris Climate Agreement? It’s an agreement that all nations signed to help fight carbon emissions and climate change. The pact is that each participating nation will work with their governing bodies to ensure that they meet their lowered emission goals. (To learn more about the Paris Climate Agreement, go here.)
While some supported President Trump and his decision to walk away from the agreement (he called it a bad deal for the United States), others saw his decision as the United States’ turning its back on the planet. This week, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi addressed members of the United Nations (UN) by saying that “Congress’ commitment to action on the climate crisis is iron-clad. This is a matter of public health, of clean air, of clean water, of our children, of the survival of our economies, of the prosperity of the world, of national security, justice and equality.” Why do you think this was such a big deal? Well, Speaker Pelosi’s statement at the UN meeting directly defied President Trump’s decision to walk away from the Paris Climate Agreement. If you were a UN representative from another country, what would you make of Speaker Pelosi’s statement? Will the United States do their part in fighting global warming?