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Urge Your Governor to Meet the Goals of the Paris Agreement

 On June 1, 2017, President Donald Trump announced that the United States will begin the process to exit the Paris Climate Agreement. The Paris Agreement is a historic international effort to address the effects of climate change and to limit global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. In the agreement, each of the 196 signatories is to make their own Nationally Determined Contributions for carbon dioxide emissions reductions. Although the President’s decision abdicates responsibility to address climate change, there are still steps we can take to try to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. Urge your governor to take action to meet the United States’ National Determined Contributions.

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  •  Background

    From November 30 to December 12, 2015, world leaders from government, finance, business and civil society convened at the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) at the UNFCCC to discuss adaptation to climate change, mitigation of the effects of climate change, funding for projects related to both adaptation and mitigation and sustainable technology. On December 12, 2015, 196 countries approved the Paris Climate Agreement, a historic accord that seeks to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause the warming of the planet, and provide money to vulnerable nations to help them cut emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

    The agreement commits countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to keep global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius, in hopes of limiting it to just 1.5 degrees. In the agreement, the United States, the second greatest contributor to carbon emissions, committed to reduce emissions 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2025. Additionally, the United States committed to double its adaptation financing to help vulnerable communities that face the undue burden of climate change.

    On June 1, 2017, President Donald Trump announced that the United States will begin the process to exit the Paris Climate Agreement, publicly and officially abandoning our commitment to address climate change as well as our moral responsibility to do so. With an administration determined to undermine efforts to address climate change and protect our earth for generations to come, we need states to take steps that will ensure our goals and commitments in the Paris Agreement are met.

    Jewish Values

    Jewish tradition teaches, “Do not destroy my world, for if you do, there will be nobody after you to make it right again” (Midrash Ecclesiastes Rabbah 7:13). Not only will our actions impact future generations, and ensure that they have the same access to environmental resources as we do, but they impact our daily lives. The Reform Movement has long advocated for policies to reduce our impact on climate change, including the Paris Agreement.

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    For more on this issue, visit the RAC’s environment page, or check out the RACBlog. You can also contact Eisendrath Legislative Assistant Lizzie Stein at (202) 387-2800.