Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The agreement in Paris:

Diane --

In my very first inaugural address, I committed us to the task of protecting this planet for future generations by making climate change a priority. Over the past seven years, we've transformed the United States into a global leader in this fight.

We're leading by example, with historic investments in clean energy, and the first-ever nationwide standards to limit carbon pollution from power plants. From Alaska to the Gulf Coast to the Great Plains, we've partnered with local leaders who are working to help their communities protect themselves from the impacts they're already seeing.

But no nation can solve this challenge alone -- we have to solve it together. On Saturday, thanks to American leadership, we succeeded in securing an ambitious, enduring agreement that reduces worldwide carbon pollution. This agreement gets commitments from nations both big and small, providing assurances to even developing nations that they will get the support they need in achieving their individual goals.

It's a big step forward in building the global momentum we need to tackle this problem, and OFA is one of the groups committed to keeping it going. Add your name, and say you support strong action on climate change.

The Paris agreement establishes the framework that the world needs to solve the climate crisis, creating a mechanism for us to continually tackle this problem in an effective way. Moreover, this agreement sends a powerful signal that the world is firmly committed to a low-carbon future.

No agreement is perfect. Even if all of the initial targets are met, we'll still need to reduce carbon from the atmosphere -- so we cannot afford to be complacent.

But I believe this moment is a turning point for the world. We've shown that we have both the will and the ability to take on this challenge. It won't be easy, progress never is, but we have to keep up the fight.

You can join OFA in the fight right now, and say you're committed to big steps forward on fighting climate change:


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