The World Turned Green Last Night In Support Of The Paris Climate Agreement

Leaders across the globe are responding to Trump's decision.

The world is going green to support the Paris Climate Agreement — in more ways than one.

President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the 2015 accord drew disappointment and defiance from leaders and citizens around the world on Thursday. The exit would take effect in 2020 and make the United States one of only three nations not to participate in the pact, which aims to lower greenhouse gas emissions and limit global warming.

Trump's suggestion that the terms of the agreement be renegotiated was shut down by the leaders of France, Germany, and Italy in a statement on Thursday. French President Emmanuel Macron responded to the news with an unprecedented speech in English, calling on scientists and entrepreneurs to continue working with France, and playing on Trump's campaign slogan by urging, "Make our planet great again."

In the United States, many leaders at the state and city level rejected Trump's proposed withdrawal. The governors of Washington, New York, and California, for instance, are forming the United States Climate Alliance to uphold the agreement, including the U.S. commitment to reduce emissions by 26 to 28 percent of 2005 levels by the year 2025.


According to the New York Times, another unnamed group consisting of "30 mayors, three governors, more than 80 university presidents and more than 100 businesses" are submitting a plan to the United Nations promising to meet U.S. goals under the agreement. The effort is being coordinated by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, who said, "We're going to do everything America would have done if it had stayed committed."

While cities around the globe remain committed to going green in the figurative sense, some places took a more literal route on Thursday night, lighting city halls and other landmarks in green to show solidarity with the global agreement. Paris, New York City, and even Washington, D.C. were among the cities to participate.

"Regardless of #Trump's decision," Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo wrote on Twitter, "cities will apply #ParisAgreement."

See photos of these cities lit up in green below:

1. Paris

2. New York City

3. Montreal

3. Washington, D.C.

4. Mexico City

5. Boston

6. Sydney



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