The agreement made in June 2017 between several states and other municipalities to uphold the Paris Climate Agreement even though the Trump administration withdrew from it, may be against a clause of the Constitution that prohibits interstate agreements that are made without approval of Congress. If the agreement is cooperative in nature rather than being a ‘legally binding” contract then it would be more likely to be considered legal.
- Read more: washingtonpost.com/2017/06/02/states-climate-alliance-raises-questions-about-the-constitutions-interstate-compacts-clause/
- Background information about the United States Climate Alliance: Wikipedia
According to Thomas Paine, “A little matter will move a party, but it must be something great that moves a nation.” He was right. The planet is something great, and it has already moved many people to join together in support of protecting it and working together towards more sustainable development:
- An alliance of health professionals has been in existence in the U.S., working to increase awareness of the risk climate change has for human health: “The US Climate and Health Alliance is a national network of health and public health practitioners dedicated to addressing the threats of climate change to health.” Read more: usclimateandhealthalliance.org/
- Another group also exists in the U.S. with more than 160 member organizations in their network : usclimatenetwork.org/who-we-are
- “Make Our Planet Great Again,” is a global initiative to help reduce climate change sponsored by President Macron of France: makeourplanetgreatagain.fr/home
Moving to France may not be possible for many people, but that’s okay because we all can help protect the planet wherever we happen to be.
- Here are a few easy ideas from the United Nations Sustainable Development 17 Goals initiative for helping reduce your impact on the environment no matter where you are. The ideas are in lists of things you could do from your couch, or around your home, or in your community: The Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World
There are many wonderful organizations working towards protecting our planet and its many species. Finding an organization that is working on issues that interest you and is located near you is easy with the help of services like:
- United States Environment Volunteer Opportunities: volunteermatch.org
- Environmental Activism Meet-Ups: meetup.com
- Ten Environmental Non-Profit Groups That are Changing the World: motherearthnews.com
Why do so many people care? — because worse case scenario predictions are being surpassed — reality is turning out even worse than predicted. We need to act together now rather than continue to deny that humans’ use of resources and production of waste is depleting the planet’s ability to recover.
“THE UNINHABITABLE EARTH”
How soon will our planet be too hot for life? Likely sooner than previous worse case scenarios have suggested. A long read article discusses aspects of climate change in addition to temperature that may put human and other species at risk in the future:
- The Uninhabitable Earth: When will climate change make the Earth too hot for humans? nymag.com
The short answer: “Actually, we’re about there already. Since 1980, the planet has experienced a 50-fold increase in the number of places experiencing dangerous or extreme heat; a bigger increase is to come.”
- Read more: nymag.com
Technological advances have been made but we have to put them in place instead of continuing to protect and expand fossil fuel industries and products that depend on them. And we have to each make the small daily changes or annual changes in reducing our use of non-renewable resources.
Disclaimer: Opinions are my own and the information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes.