A bit of agitation and fear has accompanied the assumption that Donald trump will pull the US out of the Paris agreement.
Can we all be clear about something? The Paris agreement only spans 10 years and if all commitments are made good in full, then the world will heat up by about 3.5 – 4 degrees C. That’s just physics.
The truth behind mainstream media doing a “kumbya the world is saved 1.5 degrees” is that the world was abandoned in Paris.
No government wants to commit to the yearly 15% reduction in energy related emissions that would, alongside huge strides in land use emissions, give us a last and only very slim chance of achieving something close to 2 degrees of warming.
From the perspective of 2 degrees, Trump is a peculiar, or even ungodly, godsend. If Trump pulls out of Paris, then climate change is very much back on the table. And if climate change is back on the table, then we have the opportunity to insist that our government gets real and makes commitments of the required magnitude.
It’s not only in the US that people need to make the public conscience visible on the steets. And the public conscience has much more important things to coalesce around than mere opposition to Trump policies