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Uphold the Paris Climate Agreement (Yes, You Personally)

This OTYCD entry originally posted in June 2017.

Learn what you, personally, can do to uphold the spirit of the Paris agreement on climate change.

On June 1, 2017, Trump announced that the United States would exit the Paris climate accord, making it one of just three nations–the others are Nicaragua and Syria–of 198 to sit it out. The Paris agreement calls for every nation to set goals to curtail its carbon emissions in the hopes of slowing or stopping the warming trend that climate scientists have documented. The U.S.’s individual goal was to reduce emissions between 26 and 28 percent from its 2005 levels by 2025.


Here’s just some of the things that you can do to push back against this short-sighted decision:


Call your members of Congress. But before you do, check their websites and social media and see where they stand on the issue.

Are they pushing back? Then thank them and tell them you support their actions.

Have they said nothing? Urge them to come out against Trump’s decision.

Are they for it? Say you have noticed their statements in favor and urge them to change their minds. If they refuse, prepare to spend time and money to get their opponents elected the next time they run for re-election, and tell them so.


Join the Sierra Club and sign up for its newsletter. They’re on top of environmental stuff in general and have done excellent work showing how ordinary citizens can push back against Trump’s environment-harming stances.


Ask your state governor to join the United States Climate Alliance. Launched on June 1, it’s a group of state leaders who have committed to upholding the spirit of the Paris agreement.

As of June 2, its official members include: California, New York, Washington state, Connecticut, Vermont, Oregon, Hawaii, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts (this last has a Republican governor, btw). Collectively, these states represent just over 27 percent of the country’s population, 31 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP), and a little over 14 percent of its carbon dioxide emissions (as of 2014).


If you live in a city, ask your mayor or city council leader to join the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda. Founded in 2014, it counts 180 participating mayors as of June 2. Together, they represent about 51 million Americans.

Scan the list in this Medium story and see if your mayor is among them.

You can also support the Global Covenant of Mayors, which unites mayors the world over in combatting climate change (scroll down for its info).


Support former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg’s efforts to nullify Trump’s wrongheaded decision. He’s forming and funding a larger group unites the efforts of the governors and mayors with those of business leaders and academic institutions. And on June 2, his self-named charity pledged to donate $15 million over two years to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.


Learn more about the Paris accord, and about the consequences of leaving it:

Learn 10 things you can do to uphold the Paris accord, per the Sierra Club:


Read about the United States Climate Alliance:


Visit the web page for the Climate Mayors:


Visit the web page for the Global Covenant of Mayors:


Read about Michael Bloomberg’s efforts to step up and lead when Trump won’t:




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UPDATE: The Environmental Defense Fund Matching Funds Campaign Now Ends July 31

Update: The donor was so pleased with the way the matching funds campaign was going, they extended the matching period to July 31. If you haven’t given yet, get on it!

Support the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), a 50-year-old nonprofit that is committed to bipartisan environmentalism.

EDF is one of the largest pro-environment organizations, counting two million members. It aims to improve the world’s air and water, expand sustainable fisheries, strengthen the resilience of ecosystems, and bolster the clean energy economy.

A longtime EDF member, spurred on by the damage that Trump’s administration could cause, is backing a two-for-one matching funds campaign until July 7.


Visit the EDF website:


See its ‘About,’ its ‘What We Do,’ and its ‘Mission and Values’ pages:


Donate to the EDF’s matching funds campaign:


Like the EDF on Facebook:


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Tell Trump What You Think of His Plans For 27 National Monuments

Tell Trump to continue to preserve 27 national monuments that he has in his sights. 

The Trump administration recently asked Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Interior, to review the status of 27 national monuments–22 land-based ones in 11 states, and five marine ones. (Never mind that the monuments would have gone through review and public comment leading up to their designation…)

Given the way that Trump has behaved to date, you can bet that he and his minions aren’t interested in caring for these monuments as past administrations have pledged to do. It’s likely that Trump and friends are looking for ways to allow extraction of natural gas, coal, and the like on lands and waters held in public trust.

It’s on you to speak up and defend them.

The deadline to make comments in favor of the relatively newly-designated Bears Ears Monument in Utah is May 26. The deadline for submitting comments for the other 26 is July 10.


Modern Hiker has a good web page on how to comment, what to say, and which of the 27 seem to be at greater risk:


In particular, pay attention to what they write under the heading, “What Should I Write About In My Comments?” (Scroll down for this).


If you know what you want to say, here’s where to send your message (this is from the Modern Hiker page):

You can mail them to

Monument Review


U.S. Department of the Interior

1849 C Street NW

Washington, D.C. 20240

Online comments may be submitted via by searching for “DOI-2017-0002” or by using this direct link.

Note that all comments – including any personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time.


Also, visit Modern Hiker‘s web site:


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Tell EPA Head Scott Pruitt to Stop Coddling Polluters and Keep Protections in Place

Leave comments for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott Pruitt on what he should do–namely, leave environmental protections in place, thank you very much.

Until May 15, the EPA is accepting comments through its web site on “on regulations that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification.”

Please go to the site and make it clear that you want the EPA to do its best to, you know, protect the environment and keep our air and water clean.

To this end you may want to ask the EPA to restore legislation that prevented hunters from using lead ammunition in national parks and on public lands.

You may want to ask the EPA to keep the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS), or even make them stricter.

You may want to ask that regulations protecting the environment be stricter, and punishments for polluters be harsher.

And you might also want to voice your support for policies that recognize that climate change is happening, humans are causing it, and humans can use the EPA to help fight it.

Just a few suggestions.

Remember: These are public comments, and they will be viewable by all. Please compose your thoughts accordingly.


See the page through which the EPA is accepting comments:


Or you can email your comments to the EPA:


You can also mail them:

Office of Policy Regulatory Reform,

Mail Code 1803A,

1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW,

Washington, DC 20460


Read a piece on about the importance of answering Pruitt’s call for comments before the deadline:


Read a Sierra Club piece on how MATS is under threat: