President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement is disappointing, outrageous and immoral. And it should surprise no one.
We’ve seen time and again that countries with major fossil fuel industries are very reluctant to put the health of the planet ahead of their short-term economic gain. The reality is that it’s going to be extremely challenging to solve climate change as long as the world’s largest corporations and economies are making an awful lot of money from causing it, with no plans to pay their fair share of the costs. It’s just too lucrative to trash the global atmosphere and leave others to clean up the mess.
But – and here’s the good news – this latest setback is also an opportunity! Rather than depending on governments to act on climate change, our communities have the power to demand that the industry pay a fair share of the costs of climate change. Demanding accountability will force fossil fuel companies (and the governments that benefit from the fossil fuel economy) to confront the true costs of their business model.