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Of Course Trump Has No Moral Compass on Climate. Now It's Up to Us


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Of Course Trump Has No Moral Compass on Climate. Now It's Up to Us

Kristine Mattis

At the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) marked the first international treaty to address the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by nation states to attempt to avert the impending disaster of global climate change. By December 1997, the UNFCC was expanded into the Kyoto Protocol which set legally binding emissions reductions targets; however the protocol was not implemented until 2005. In the meantime, the United States signed on to the protocol but never ratified it in Congress.


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Those who have been paying attention for awhile know that it has always been up to us. Even under Obama, it was up to us. Maybe Trump's naked recklessness will make more aware.

And then we actually have to change our habits. Not just be aware. It is up to us.


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Thanks for this piece which does not lay off climate change on Trump and gives a strong historical summary. Mattis correctly concludes that we all have a moral obligation to fight for sustainability in any way that we can. I would like to add that beyond our moral responsibility, an understanding and merge with nature in a sustainable manner is a function of species survivability. Either we do it or we're done.


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I would not underestimate the importance of the Paris climate agreement. While it is not legally binding for emissions reduction it is legally binding for reporting emissions, but more importantly it ended the conflict between the the developed countries and the more advanced developing countries, particularly China and India. Getting past that hurdle was critical. To a large extent addressing climate change has never been entirely up to Washington. The federal government has to play a role for success but what has always been needed is the participation of state and local governments, businesses, all types of institutions, and individuals. It Trump is only a one-term president that would help as two terms of Trump would be much for serious for climate and many other things as well. The US cannot completely leave the Paris agreement until some time around the day of the 2020 election and a new president taking office in 2021 could get the US back in the agreement. So there are a lot of unknowns ahead.


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The fossil fuel industry receives a lot of criticism these days, and rightfully so. But in the final analysis, we are the ones who support the energy industry and it is our standard of living that will need to change. So contemplate what you can do for the cause

Personal Actions
End our love affair with the automobile
Ride more trains and buses
Car pool
Walk and bike more
Turn off the air conditioner in the summer and dial the thermostat down in winter
Become vegetarians or vegans
Refill plastic bottles with tap water
Discontinue using aluminum cans with and without carbonation
Maximize use of reusable bags and products
Recycle junk mail
Forego fast junk food
Go to “slow food”;
Recycle maximally, especially aluminum cans
Drive and accelerate more slowly
Climb more stairs
Plant more trees
Forego use of spray cans
Ride more trains and buses
Repair, mend and alter as much as possible
Buy solar panels
Compost as much as possible
Last person out of the room turn off the lights
Eat and farm organic
Ride more trains and buses
Fly fewer planes
Promote conference calls and web cams, fewer meetings
Use manual tools instead of power tools
Share more
Use rakes rather than leaf blowers
Decrease use of bottled water and refill plastic bottles with tap water
Maximize reusable bags and products
Push rather than power small mowers
Replace lawns with vegetable gardens
Stop fertilizing and mowing lawns
Compost as much as possible
Minimize use of disposables (Pampers);
Maximize high efficiency LED and solar powered lighting;
Limit endless gadgets
Use motion lighting, where appropriate

Local Government Actions
Reorganize cities, building taller residences with a smaller footprint (the end of suburbia)
Institute a carbon tax
Promote car pooling subsidize and expand mass transit
Expand bike paths
Have shareable (zip) cars
Ban electric outdoor signs;
Eat and farm organic
Promote conference calls and web cams, fewer meetings
Eliminate approximately 50% of all street lighting and office lighting in unoccupied buildings
eliminate “fast junk food”; go to “slow food
replace

Federal Government Actions
Ban gasohol
Rein in the militaries for defense only and outlaw war
Discontinue night baseball
Make electronics, house wares, furniture, etc to be as durable and long-lived as possible
Recycle maximally
Make appliances to be as energy efficient as possible
Discontinue aluminum cans
Ban electric outdoor signs
Maximize solar and wind power;
Change from petroleum based fertilizers to regenerative agriculture
Reverse deforestation, plant more trees
Restrict spray cans
Promote conference calls and web cams, fewer meetings
Promote zero population growth with free condoms and family planning world-wide
End yearly auto model changes;
Proscribe junk mail
Scrap the mission to Mars


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Worldwide economic and financial sanctions against usa is language he will hear, if any can reach him. DO NO BUSINESS WITH USA AND TRUMP! Twitter this, Facebook it, send it round the world, fast n furious! We must act fast to save ourselves and the planet from this madman leading a pack of repubs madmen. Greed is a killer. Sad. So sad. Poor losers. DO NO BUSINESS WITH THEM.