By Nnimmo Bassey, Chair of the Board of Directors, Global Greengrants Fund and Terry Odendahl, President & CEO
We are outraged by Donald Trump’s shameful and immoral decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. This assault on the rights of people and nature to exist is steered by greed and a total disregard for the millions of families whose very lives are at stake.
In 2015, we joined civil society and world negotiators in Paris to advocate for swift action on climate change. We never claimed that the resulting agreement was perfect, but an unlivable planet was never an option.
Whether Mr. Trump agrees with the science of climate change or not, the United States is located on Planet Earth and no nation is exempt from the impacts of global warming.
We stand in solidarity with partners around the world, and we call for resistance against unjust and polluting industries before more harm is done. We reaffirm our commitment to communities that are standing up to corporate greed while battling the rising impacts of global warming. They are where real progress will happen, with or without the Paris climate deal.