Take the Steam Out of Trump’s Executive Order on Climate By Going Local

  • Week of April 2, 2017

97 percent of scientists agree that climate change is both real and a result of human activity. But not The Donald, here is his reality:

And he wasn’t just blowing hot air. Last Tuesday, Trump signed an Executive Order that rolls back the Obama Administration's protections for the environment. That order:

  • rescinds President Obama’s Climate Action Plan;
  • repeals and reworks the Clean Power Plan; and
  • instructs federal agencies not to consider climate change when making decisions. 

But when the Trump Administration goes low, all-of-us can go local. As Joanna Partin, Director of Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance said just days after the 2106 presidential election:
“Last week’s U.S. election makes clear that subnational actors—especially cities—are America’s only hope now in terms of climate action. Climate policy cannot take a sabbatical and wait another four years or another election cycle for more aggressive action. (emphasis added)”

On Friday, Michael Bloomberg’s New York Times Op-Ed “Climate Progress, With or Without Trump” drummed the same local beat:

“In both red and blue states, cities — which account for about two-thirds of the country’s emissions — are taking the lead in the fight against climate change. More than 130 American cities have joined the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, and all are determined to see that we meet our Paris goal. Their local policies — expanding mass transit, increasing the energy efficiency of their buildings, installing electric vehicle charging stations, creating bike share programs, planting trees, to name just a few — will help ensure we do.”

As the UN Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, Michael Bloomberg understands the power of our cities. While we will be using all the tools in our activism toolkit to fight Trump’s attack on our environment, this week we begin with cities. This approach makes strategic sense. While the federal government and states are currently Republican-controlled, the mayors of large cities are overwhelmingly Democrat! In 34 of America’s 50 largest cities, the mayors are Democrats!

As Matt Zone, City Council Member in Cleveland and President of the National League of Cities recently, said “cities will continue to lead ...even if Washington will not…” 

All-of-us must ensure that our cities continue to protect our environment.

Here’s how:
1. Learn about the Compact of Mayors. Check out this useful FAQ. (5 minutes)
2. Call your mayor’s office and see if your mayor has joined the Compact of Mayors. If not, convince them to join. (10 minutes)
3. Ask your City Council members to join the National League of Cities’ efforts to combat climate change by signing this letter. (10 minutes)