Hawaii Rebuffs Trump by Enacting Laws Supporting Paris Agreement
Hawaii has become the first state in the U.S. to counteract President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. On June 7, the people of the Hawaii Islands committed themselves to fighting the climate change. The ‘Accord de Paris’ deals with emissions of greenhouse gases and is within the United Nations Framework Conventions on Climate Change.
Despite the alarming rate of increase in global warming, Donald Trump pulled out of the Paris Agreement, citing fiscal disadvantage for the U.S. as the reason. This makes the U.S., the third country to do so, the other two being Syria and Nicaragua.
However, Hawaii, the 50th state of the U.S. openly stated its support for the aims of the Paris Climate Accord. The archipelago signed two bills that are in sync with the direction of reforms as stated by the agreement, after deciding to take a step towards contributing aid to solve the issue of global warming. One of the bills involves an agreement that makes the state expand its plans towards the use and treatment of greenhouse gases and its emissions. The other deals with carbon sequestration by evaluating agriculture and aquaculture activities, which will in turn improve soil health. The bill forms a Carbon Farming Task Force to reduce the use of greenhouse gases and promote the use of green technology to decelerate the problem of global warming.
Other than the bills, local Hawaiian officials also signed an agreement that allows support from local politicians towards reduction of global warming. A similar agreement has been made by many mayors across the States. This group is known as Climate Mayors and currently lists 247 members which is anticipated to increase in the near future.
According to David Ige, the current Governor of the Hawaii islands, “Hawaii is committed to environmental stewardship, and we look forward to working with other states to fight global climate change. Together, we can directly contribute to the global agenda of achieving a more resilient and sustainable island Earth.”
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