A short while ago, unpopular President Trump stood in the White House’s Rose Garden and addressed a group of very old wealthy white men. He told them that they would be able to squeeze a little more money out of poisoning the earth and, fingers crossed, would all die before the earth burned up. —Walter Einenkel
Olympic Climate Action will hold a vigil for the Paris Accord on Friday, June 2, from 5 – 6:30 pm in front of the Federal Bldg. at First and Oak Streets in downtown Port Angeles.
We will be there to witness this tragic development and express our profound sadness and disappointment in the President’s decision.
Wear black and bring a drum and candle if you have one–we’ll have some there.
Without the federal government to protect us, it’s up to us make progress.
President Trump is reported to be leaning toward completely withdrawing America from the Paris Climate Agreement. This would be one of the most foolish and reckless decisions of any President in history. Scientists estimate that this single act could result in an additional 0.5°C of global warming, which could make the difference between a difficult-but-livable planet and an unlivable one.
But until this decision is official (that could be soon), there’s still time for one last-ditch effort to sway the White House to avert this catastrophe-in-the-making.
Things to do right now:
1. Send an email to President Trump, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis imploring them not to make the dangerous and ill-advised decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement.
2. Spread the word on social media.
Sign this 350.org PETITION by 5 PM Eastern time.
Write a LETTER TO THE EDITOR
3. Get the phones ringing at the White House. Dial the switchboard at 202-456-1414 (9-4 Eastern time) and ask for the comment line (the switchboard can be easier to reach than the comment line). Or you can try the comment line directly at 202-456-1111 or 855-980-5634. (If you get a busy signal, it means the phones are ringing off the hook, so please be patient and try again.)
5. Stay tuned for local rallies. We’ll discuss these at Sunday’s OCA meeting.
If Trump completely withdraws from the Paris agreement, he would be ignoring advice from his Secretary of State, Secretary of Energy, the Pope, his daughter Ivanka, the CEOs of major companies like Apple, Google, General Mills and even ExxonMobil and Chevron, our foreign allies and many others. Instead he’d be siding with hard-liners like Steve Bannon, EPA chief Scott Pruitt and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — all of whom are pushing to abandon the Paris accord. We cannot let this group prevail.