On November 4th, the United States will be withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord, an international agreement meant to cut out pollution that is leading to climate change.
President Donald Trump announced the impending withdrawal all the way back in June of 2017, but has only now been successful. The upcoming election, however, will determine how long the U.S. does not participate in the Paris Climate Accord.
The Paris Climate Accord is an agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, or the UNFCCC, that focuses on greenhouse-gas emissions mitigation, adaptation, and finance. The overall goal of the accord was to unite the nations and push back against climate change together by focusing on lowering global warming. The treaty was signed by 195 nations in 2015, and now has 197 nations participating.
What does it mean now that the United States is withdrawing? After joining, the United States has gone from being one of the biggest contributors to climate change to being one of the biggest advocated for climate action. This change could possibly cause significant damage to the earth if the U.S. does not keep up the same activism it had while apart of the Paris Climate Accord.
When the U.S. withdraws also means lots of potential jobs are going to be lost. Some may argue that by going green and staying from fossil fuels, millions could loose their jobs. Solar and Wind jobs in the U.S. are growing at a rate 12 times faster than the rest of the rest of the U.S. economy, according to the United Nations Foundation. In 2016, jobs in U.S. solar included more than 260,000 workers by growing 25%.
Earth needs our help, and the Paris Climate Accord is currently a great way to solidify a clean and long future for the world.