The state of Hawaii became the first state to pass a law to support the Paris Agreement
After the announcement of President Donald Trump where he decided to withdraw the United States form the Paris Agreement, representatives of the public and private sector have risen against the decision and reiterated their support to the Paris Agreement.
As an example, Hawaii took the lead and was the first state in the US to pass laws enforcing portions of the Paris Agreement. The Governor David Ige signed two bill that will “expand strategies and mechanisms to reduce greenhouse gas emissions statewide” and will reduce the emissions to mitigate climate change by carbon sequestration.
According to Scott Glenn an environmental adviser to the governor stated that “people come to Hawaii to enjoy its environment, when climate change is threatening our reefs and threatening our weather ... then it's threatening our economy, too.”
However, Hawaii is not the only state that has risen their discomfort with President Trump decision. Nearly 250 majors and a dozen states promptly joined forces to declare they will continue to support the climate action to meet the PA. On the other hand, California the sixth largest economy in the world, recently passed the law to ensure 100% of its power from renewable resources by 2045 and fast-tracked its goal to 50% by 2026.
Hopefully the action of the Hawaii inspires other states to legally commit to the worldwide effort to fight the effect of climate change and help the most vulnerable nations that often are represented by developing countries.
LatinAmerican Post | Laura Iguavita
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