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June 2nd, 2017

Following Donald Trump’s decision to withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, Scientific American had this to say: “Today, a President who ran on the promise to “Make America great again” left America diminished, isolated in the world, distrusted by our closest friends and allies. Today the American government ignored the will of most of its own people, stepped off the world stage, and kicked the can of human-caused climate change down the road. Today our government ceded moral, ethical, economic, and political leadership to other, more enlightened countries.”

That is the bad news.

The good news is that the rest of the world is doubling down. With Trump making it very clear where his administration stands with regards to climate change means other nations, states and leaders must step up their game.

It took all of five minutes for that happen.

France, Germany and China along with California promptly showed the leadership needed to usher the world into a more secure and sustainable future.

Overnight, global power dynamics shifted, new players emerged, new alliances formed – and with or without Washington – there is a understanding that our fates are deeply intertwined. It is no longer us versus them. It is all of us together, as one human community.

The other good news?

Trump’s dismally short-sighted buffoonery yesterday has galvanized the climate movement and the citizens of planet earth in ways that were urgently needed. The tides are rising, the human spirit is strong, mother nature is resilient and our global community has become even more united – even if Washington D.C. has chosen to maroon itself on a diplomatic island along with Syria and Nicaragua.

This is who we are, this is the future. Trump can throw in a monkey wrench, but he can’t stop it.

Without or without America’s leadership, France’s new president said it best: “Make Our Planet Great Again!”

And we will.

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