Paris Climate Agreement

24 petitions

Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Champaign City Council, Urbana City Council, Mayor Diane Marlin, Mayor Deborah Feinen

Champaign-Urbana: Follow Through on Your Commitment to Uphold the Paris Climate Agreement

The world we are inheriting is on the verge of a global humanitarian crisis. Climate change is happening, it is having devastating effects on real people’s lives, and it will continue to worsen and threaten our health, safety, and wellbeing for the entirety of our lives. This is the suffocating reality that the youngest generation shoulders, depriving us of the luxury of childhood. We were proud to see Champaign and Urbana added to the list of cities committed to upholding the Paris Climate Agreement. However, the time in which words of support could satisfy the hurt and fear that we carry has long passed. We will not celebrate commitments that are not met with appropriate action. The irresponsible decision to rescind the United States’ commitment to the Paris Agreement, a groundbreaking international effort to put our climate back on the path to recovery, threatens life on this planet. As climate change worsens and scientists warn that the time frame in which we can stop it is quickly closing, we, the Champaign-Urbana community, will remain more united than ever to take action in our own community. It is time to come together to create a just and livable future for everyone. It is time to follow through on our commitments. The time for action on climate change is now. We believe in a future where our water and air are not poisoned by corporate greed. We believe in a clean energy economy and environmental justice for all people. And we believe in young people’s inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This is not a partisan issue; it is a deeply moral one. We stand by the youngest generation in calling for the City of Champaign and the City of Urbana commit to action to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040, in compliance with the Paris Climate Accord and what leading scientists say is necessary to prevent the worst effects of climate change. Signing Organizations: Champaign County Young DemocratsEco-Justice CollaborativeFaith in PlaceFood and Water WatchIllini DemocratsIllini ProgressivesStudents for Environmental ConcernsUniversity Laboratory High School Tree ClubUrbana High School Environmental Club      

iMatter Champaign-Urbana
278 supporters
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Petition to John Hickenlooper, Colorado Governor

Get Colorado to join other states in the Climate Alliance

Seven years ago my father, a renowned climatologist, got on stage and had an open discussion with 52 ordinary people in Australia who did not believe that climate change was happening. He was not intimidated as he had been working for most of his life to convince people that human-caused climate change was real. A few weeks later my father passed away. In the years since his death, I had hoped that the debate around climate change would have evolved, but it seems to have have gotten worse: President Trump recently made the disastrous decision to withdraw our nation from the Paris Climate Accord. Because of this reckless decision, the governors of several states and territories including California, New York, Massachusetts, Hawai’i, Connecticut, Minnesota, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington have formed a Climate Alliance together, committing to hold to the terms of the Paris Agreement regardless of the federal government's position.  Now I’m calling on Governor Hickenlooper to follow suit and bring Colorado into the United States Climate Alliance, effective immediately. The governor has already expressed his disapproval of the President's reckless decision, and that he agrees with the clear majority of Coloradans who support America's participation in the Paris Agreement. I grew up in this beautiful state, and like most Coloradans know that our environment is a huge part of what makes our home special. And like most of us, I also know that because of climate change, the stakes have never been higher for Colorado, the United States, and humanity as a whole. Before my father died in 2010, he spent his life fighting fiercely to stop climate change in its path. He made the future of our planet his life’s work, and it’s time for us to carry on his legacy and do our bit to help prevent the impending global catastrophe that is looming over us all. Please sign my petition and demand that Governor Hickenlooper be bold and join the Climate Alliance to show the entire world that our great state of Colorado refuses to be dragged onto the wrong side of history. Together we can make a difference, and help to ensure that future generations of Coloradans will have the same opportunities as us to enjoy the unique and gorgeous environmental setting that makes our home such a wonderful place!

Adam Schneider
6,256 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to John Kasich

Governor Kasich: Commit to fighting climate change with the United States Climate Alliance

Dear Governor John Kasich, On June 1st, 2017, President Donald J. Trump formally announced his intention for the United States to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. The United States is now among only 2 other nations who are not a part of this agreement. In response to the withdrawal, you posted on your Facebook page that you “know that climate change is real. It is a global issue and will need a global agreement to address." It is the hope of the undersigned that as the governor of Ohio, you will take on the responsibility of tackling climate change by joining the United States Climate Alliance. When the federal government will not act, the responsibility falls to the states. Fortunately, action is already being taken and it is the hope of the undersigned that you will be a part of it. In response to this withdrawal from the agreement, Governors Inslee (D-WA), Cuomo (D-NY), and Brown (D-CA) announced the formation of the United States Climate Alliance, "a coalition that will convene U.S. states committed to upholding the Paris Climate Agreement and taking aggressive action on climate change." While you have stated your disagreements with the Paris agreement, the coalition also hopes to act as a forum for members to share information and shape policy. By engaging proactively with this coalition, it may be possible to reach a bipartisan agreement on how best to proceed. The Trump administration has made it clear that the United States is not committed to protecting the environment nor addressing climate change due to a number of actions it has taken such as appointing climate-denier Scott Pruitt to lead the EPA, a executive order aimed at rolling back environmental protections, a budget proposal that would entirely eliminate the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, and now the United States' withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement. Please take action where President Trump will not, and add Ohio to the United States Climate Alliance, for our state, our country, and our planet.

Alex Wolfe
1,504 supporters