My personalized letter to IL Gov Rauner concerning POTUS decision to withdraw from Paris Agreement


In light of President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, I am asking you to take action on climate change and commit our state to upholding the standards set forth by the agreement.

President Trump’s decision is short-sighted, and ignores the threat that climate change poses to the millions of Americans that depend on the ocean for their businesses and livelihoods.

Climate change is already hurting American people, businesses and communities—especially those who depend on the ocean for their livelihoods. Fishermen are struggling as fish stocks move north as the ocean warms. Oyster growers in Washington have already suffered massive losses because of ocean acidification. Communities in Alaska are bracing for a future where they will have to abandon their ancestral homes because of melting sea ice.

President Trump does not speak for the majority of Americans—surveys show that most Americans want us to stay in the Agreement. Many cities and states around the country are standing up in support of cutting carbon emissions. California, New York City and more have already committed to upholding the Paris Agreement, regardless of whether or not President Trump will.

Together, we can commit to curbing the impacts of climate change, one state at a time. Please stand up for climate action today.


Douglas Lopes

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