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On The Paris Agreement Anniversary, The U.S. Has Some Catching Up To Do

WASHINGTON D.C. — Today marks the two year anniversary of the Paris Climate Agreement, a global agreement to address greenhouse gas emissions and avoid the worst impacts of climate change for people and wildlife — now upheld by every country in the world but the United States, following the Trump Administration’s decision in June to withdraw. Seven out of ten Americans support remaining in the agreement, according to a national poll conducted by the Yale Program on Climate Communication after the election.

Collin O’Mara, president and chief executive officer of the National Wildlife Federation, said today:

“The Paris Climate Agreement represents a major global step in reducing greenhouse gases and preventing climate change from getting worse and it’s unbelievable that the current administration refuses to join the rest of the world in the 21st century. America has gone from being a global leader to being the only national government unwilling to commit to acting on climate. We are running out of time to avert catastrophic warming levels that could devastate wildlife and communities throughout the world. The United States needs to join the rest of the world in solving a problem that affects the entire planet before it’s too late.”

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