OP-ED: Climate Change


Kelsey Parr

Climate change has been a well-known issue throughout the world for a while now. Most countries that are aware of climate change have taken serious action. This is because they listen to thousands of scientists who explain how detrimental climate change will become in the upcoming years. The US has not taken as much action as these other countries. Two months before the 2016 election, President Barack Obama formally entered the US into the Paris Agreement.

The Paris Climate Agreement was created in December of 2015 to promote countries to come together to combat climate change around the world. This agreement’s aim is to strengthen the global response team to the threat of climate change. This agreement also aims to increase the ability of countries to deal with the impacts of climate change, and finance flows. The agreement supports the use and creation of new technologies that enhance the problem solving of climate change. The crucial areas addressed in this agreement are long term-temperature goal, global peaking and climate neutrality, mitigation, sinks and reservoirs, adaptation, loss and damage, and global stocktake.

After Obama instated us into the agreement, Trump almost immediately took the US out of the agreement. On June 1, 2017 Donald Trump ceased the US from the Paris Agreement and said he would start negotiations with the agreement. He said he would not rejoin until the terms were fair to the United States, its workers, its people, and its taxpayers. I’m guessing the reason why he took the US out is because of the economy and how the terms of the agreement were not created with his opinion in mind. I don’t necessarily agree with his actions because I think the environment, and the effects on people are more important than the economy.

Now that Trump has not been re-elected as president, I hope that Joe Biden will reinstate the US into the Paris Agreement and make even more policies to ensure there is a plan for the US and the future of the environment. I think the reason a lot of people, especially young people voted for Biden is because of his plans and policies regarding climate change. Young people of our generation should be even more scared for the state of our environment because they will be living through it and bringing up children through it. I believe that America will feel more secure if there is a plan in place for the future.