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The People's Science Paris Pledge

Scientific consensus is that human influence on the climate system is clear. The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change found that recent anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases are the highest in history, and current and future climate changes will have widespread impacts on human and natural systems. The world’s governments agreed to reduce their carbon emissions in 2015, and in 2016 the Paris Agreement went into effect. On June 1, 2017, the United States withdrew from the agreement, even as we are second only to China in carbon dioxide emissions. 

As an individual residing in the United States of America, despite the decision by our government to withdraw against the wishes of its people, I pledge to further the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement to the best of my ability. I will:

Reduce emissions. Use your car less. Whenever possible, use sustainable transportation such as walking or biking, or use public transportation more often.

Save energy. Switch to renewable energy, use energy efficient lighting, and be energy conscious.

Refuse, reduce, reuse (and repair), repurpose, and recycle. Avoid products with a lot of packaging and say no to single use plastics. Consume less, and more efficiently. Make use of second-hand markets or upcycle your items to give them new life. Recycle whenever you can.

Eat wisely. Eat local and in-season products. Make sure the products you buy come from a sustainable source.

Stay engaged. Make sure your voice is heard. Get in touch with your decision-makers and elected officials.