Demand Climate Action
What's At Stake
The United States must uphold its promise to the rest of the world to help fight climate change.
The landmark Paris Agreement was the first time every country in the world committed to dramatically slash climate change pollution to protect our environment, our climate, and our health. NRDC helped urge President Obama to sign the agreement in September 2016, making the United States—the world’s second-largest carbon polluter—a global leader on climate action. But President Trump broke America’s promise to the rest of the world by withdrawing our country from the agreement. This reckless, shortsighted move destroys our nation’s leadership. It’s a boon to the fossil fuel industry at the expense of our kids’ futures.
Speeding up the transition to clean, renewable energy and ramping up energy efficiency are some of the best ways to curb the dangerous carbon pollution that causes climate change. We must also invest in communities of color and low-income communities, who are most impacted by climate change—that includes investments in clean energy deployment, mass transit, water infrastructure, affordable housing, and other sustainability measures. The Biden administration is ready to rejoin the Paris Agreement and honor the commitments to tackling the climate crisis and environmental racism. It’s time for all of us to step up—to work with state and local governments, Indigenous and international leaders, businesses, and each other to uphold the promise of Paris and avert catastrophic climate change.
Call on the Biden administration to take bold action in its first 100 days
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Extreme weather costs lives. It also costs money—a lot of it. Someone has to pay. As things stand, it is the victims and taxpayers picking up the tab. And the tab will keep growing until we do something.
A president who cared about these ever-more-urgent dangers and the lower-than-expected costs of responding to the climate crisis would have ordered the EPA to strengthen the Clean Power Plan, not cynically kill it.
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The number of cities that will be selected to boost their climate action through the Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge
Number of Americans threatened by smog pollution and ragweed pollen, which will only get worse with climate change.