Global experts predict that, in the coming decade, the failure to mitigate and adapt to climate change will be the most dangerous risk communities face. Specifically, that risk includes rising seas, more severe weather, dirtier air, and food and water crises. Our military and national security agencies have long recognized climate change as a threat to the stability of countries. And instability breeds conflict.
The Paris Agreement is an international policy framework agreed to by 196 countries in 2016. The goal is to enact policies that will limit global temperature rise to well below two degrees Celsius, which scientists agree represents a dangerous threshold for our planet.
The United States has a special responsibility to lead and act on climate change. Our country is the biggest historical contributor to the greenhouse gas emissions driving climate change and the second-largest annual emitter today, after China. China and India are poised to lead the world in renewable energy – and leave the US in their dust. Both are on track to surpass their climate pledges.
In July 2017, President Trump announced his decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement, saying he was “elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.” Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto immediately responded: “I can assure you that we will follow the guidelines of the Paris Agreement for our people, our economy & future.” In fact, more than 1,200 U.S. states, cities, tribal nations, companies, and universities have pledged their support for the Paris Agreement and committed to climate action in the absence of federal leadership.
The Franciscan Peace Center is hosting a free screening of the film “From Paris to Pittsburgh” – a National Geographic documentary that brings to life the actions of individuals, communities, businesses and local governments to confront the threat of climate change in their own backyards. The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at The Canticle, 841 13th Ave. North, in Clinton.
For more information, visit www.ClintonFranciscans.com or call 563-242-7611.
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