Calling on Trump to reassess, continue important fight against climate change

President-elect Trump is openly skeptical about the science behind climate change, and key members of his staff are long-time science deniers. © IFAW/U. Golman/www.urigolman.com.IFAW has added its voice to the call for climate action in the Trump era. We have joined 120 organizations from across civil society, including conservationists, faith leaders, civil rights groups and development groups, in the following statement of unity and determination. Oxfam, one of the organizing groups, ran this statement as an advertisement in last week’s Roll Call newspaper.

Here is an excerpt:

Communities here at home and around the world are reeling from more extreme and unpredictable weather events, sustained drought, dramatic floods, and unprecedented wildfires. While we will all be impacted, it is the poorest and most vulnerable among us who stand to lose the most. The climate crisis is undeniably here, now. World leaders recognize the gravity of this challenge. In an unprecedented act of global unity and leadership more than 190 countries joined together in Paris last year to take action and reverse course. We stand here today with one simple message: the world is united and moving ahead. We urge you to stand together with world leaders who understand the climate crisis and are willing to take action.

President-elect Trump made promises on the campaign trail that are starkly at odds with this vision. He said that he may withdraw the United States from the landmark Paris Agreement regulating global carbon emissions—the most important international accord in modern history—and plans to gut the Clean Power Plan, President Obama’s signature domestic climate measure.

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Trump is openly skeptical about the science behind climate change, and key members of his staff are long-time science deniers.

We face huge odds, but we are not shouting into the wind.

We stand strong because a world without clean energy would be a world without wildlife. We stand strong because we believe that the new Administration still has time to pivot, that leaders around the planet can and must act on climate regardless of politics.

We stand strong because there is no other option.

Stand with us.

--PL

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