Last year, Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Agreement, claiming the international deal, signed by 195 nations, imposed “wildly unfair environmental standards on American businesses and workers.” Since then, many city and state government officials have vowed to meet the Paris climate goals, despite lack of support from the federal government.
In September, many of these leaders will join business leaders, investors and civil society leaders in San Francisco for the Global Climate Action Summit, to discuss how bold action on climate can go hand-in-hand with “job generation and resilient economic growth.”
With the federal government asleep at the wheel, we need state lawmakers to recognize the role agriculture plays in the climate crisis—and the potential role it could play in the climate solution. That's why we're asking you to ask your state officials to join two important policy initiatives aimed at addressing both food and climate security.
We absolutely have to reduce fossil fuel emissions if we want to avert a climate disaster. To that end, many local governments have wisely joined the GoFossilFree.org initiative.
But transitioning to alternative renewable energy sources alone won’t get us where we need to be, fast enough. We have to go fossil free and draw down the carbon already in the atmosphere.
How? By transitioning to regenerative food, farming and land-use practices. And that will require big policy changes.