When President Trump started the process of withdrawing the United States from the Paris Agreement, he turned his back on his hometown. New Yorkers watched the waters submerge our city during Hurricane Sandy. For us, the fight against climate change is a fight for our lives.
But we didn’t wring our hands at the White House’s denial. We got to work. I ordered the entire municipal government to bring me a plan to meet the Paris Agreement’s ‘stretch’ goal of not allowing this earth to heat up by more than 1.5 degrees Celsius, which will curb the most disastrous effects of climate change.
This OpEd by Bill De Blasio, Mayor of New York, originally appeared in Reuters on September 22, 2017.
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