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Public transportation is key to honoring the Paris Agreement

BY DAVE KIRKPATRICK

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President Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris Agreement in July prompting cities, states, organizations of all sizes and everyday Americans to step forward and pledge to uphold the core tenets of the Paris climate agreement and fight climate change.

274 mayors have signed on as part of the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda. The We Are Still In coalition includes signatures from over 125 cities, nine states, 183 colleges and universities, as well as more than 900 businesses (20 of which are Fortune 500 companies). The U.S. Climate Alliance is backed by 12 states and Puerto Rico, comprising one-third of our country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Together, these three organizations represent the voices of millions of Americans.

But passive support like gathering signatures isn’t enough. It’s a great start, but it won’t abate the existing damage to our planet or prevent further destruction. If you really want to do something about the climate, you can change your own transportation behavior to more clearly align with the goals set by your city, state and the 194 other countries that are honoring this Paris Agreement.

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