Mark Zuckerberg Has Strong Words For President Trump Following America’s Exit From Paris Accords

"Withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement is bad for the environment, bad for the economy, and it puts our children's future at risk."

On June 1, President Trump and his administration formally announced America's intent to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, eliciting ire from politicians on both sides, dozens of elected officials, millions of concerned citizens, and more.

One particularly powerful group that is not pleased with Trump's choice is tech industry leaders. In a statement regarding the withdrawal, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said (via a Facebook post, of course) "Withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement is bad for the environment, bad for the economy, and it puts our children's future at risk."

The 33-year-old tech titan and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are parents to an 18-month-old daughter named Max, and the couple is expecting their second child later this year.

Zuckerberg also outlined Facebook's commitment to "100% renewable energy," and completed his powerful statement by declaring, "Stopping climate change is something we can only do as a global community, and we have to act together before it's too late."

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In 2009 Zuckerberg and Chan started the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative aimed at "advancing human potential and promoting equality." Hours after the Facebook founder initially spoke out against President Trump's decision to ditch the Paris Climate Agreement, the CZI announced its "first major science effort."

Though the effort — the Human Cell Atlas, which strives to create a reference map of all human cells and their properties — isn't about climate change per say, our planet isn't far from Zuckerberg's mind.

He ended the statement by intimating that the CZI might tackle the health and safety of our planet in the near future. "I continue to believe that we can be the generation that ends disease, ends poverty, and stops climate change. Let's make sure we each use our time here to make the greatest positive impact we can," he wrote.

And Zuckerberg, who is worth an estimated $63 billion, is hardly the only tech industry heavyweight to make a commitment to our planet in the wake of President Trump's potentially catastrophic choice. CNN reports Tesla founder Elon Musk resigned from the President's advisory councils, and billionaire Michael Bloomberg announced his intent to use money from his own foundation to help combat climate change.

"Americans are not walking away from the Paris Climate Agreement. Just the opposite — we are forging ahead," the former New York City mayor wrote as he pledged to help provide the "$15 million in funding that the U.N.'s Climate Secretariat stands to lose from Washington."

He concluded, "Americans will honor and fulfill the Paris Agreement by leading from the bottom up — and there isn't anything Washington can do to stop us."

According to Forbes, Bloomberg currently serves as the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, and has given millions of dollars to liberal causes like gun control and Planned Parenthood. The publication reports he is currently the ninth richest person on the planet. 

Apple's Tim Cook released a similar statement to his staff, and tweeted about Apple's ongoing commitment to "fight climate change."


With billions of dollars at their disposal, tech industry big wigs seem more than prepared protect our planet — with or without the help of the federal government.


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