Five Years Ago, In Paris

Five years ago this week, in Paris, the world’s nations agreed to a historic pact, committing to reducing climate pollution in order to prevent the catastrophic impacts of runaway climate change. Moms Clean Air Force was there to advocate for, and to witness, this unprecedented agreement.

I had the opportunity to represent our members in the civil society section of the conference, where organizations from every corner of the globe gathered in a sprawling suburban conference center on the outskirts of Paris to share our vision for a stable, healthy future. It was inspiring to connect with parents, elected officials, teachers, youth leaders, researchers, business leaders, indigenous leaders, and activists all coming together to do the hard and necessary work that so clearly needed to be done.

And what we achieved was extraordinary. The Paris agreement wasn’t enough to hold global warming below the 1.5 degrees Celsius that scientists have warned about, but it offered so much more than the complacency of the past. This was a new stage of global cooperation, and it marked a turning point — in large part because the U.S., the world’s largest greenhouse gas polluter per capita, participated avidly in the forging of the agreement, and signed it.

But, from the get-go, Trump denied the gravity — and even the reality — of climate change, and resented the requirements of the Paris agreement. So even as the majority of Americans supported the agreement, Trump pulled the US out of it.

The U.S. withdrew, but Moms never did. We’ve held a trajectory of staying committed to the Paris agreement. Here’s how we did it:

  • We advocated for staying in the Paris agreement.

We dug in deeper, and stayed the course. We Stayed In.

Five years is a lot of time to lose. But in many ways, but Moms Clean Air Force continued to push forward. We were resourceful, resilient, and determined. Thank you, Paris, for all of that and more. We’ll see you again real soon.

TELL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE: IT’S BEYOND TIME FOR CLIMATE SAFETY

Originally published at https://www.momscleanairforce.org on December 14, 2020.

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Moms Clean Air Force

We are more than 1 million moms and dads united against air pollution — including the urgent crisis of our changing climate — to protect our children’s health.