Thirty years ago,

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity un­der­stood the grave dan­ger of ozone de­ple­tion and came to­gether to sign the Mon­treal Pro­to­col on Sub­stances that De­plete the Ozone Layer. Through this multi­na­tional ef­fort, na­tions showed the ben­e­fit of work­ing to­gether for the com­mon good — and for the well-be­ing of each na­tion in a glob­al­ized world.

As a re­sult of this co­op­er­a­tion, the ozone layer over Antarc­tica has started to re­cover.

This spirit of co­op­er­a­tion was lost the mo­ment Trump set our na­tion and the world on a back­ward course. Who would have imag­ined that 1987 would have been a more en­light­ened time than 2017? Linda Shahinian Cul­ver City

Europe and China are tak­ing the lead on cli­mate change. Since when did ei­ther of those two de­serve to be a stan­dard of moral au­thor­ity?

I love Europe and have been there at least 30 times. But over the last 100-plus years, that con­ti­nent has given us two world wars and the toxic tril­ogy of fas­cism, com­mu­nism, and so­cial­ism, caus­ing gov­ern­ments around the world to kill mil­lions of their own peo­ple and im­pov­er­ish even more. China has a sim­i­lar moral history.

To be fair, Africa and the Mid­dle East have also pro­duced hor­rific states, but I re­ally don’t care if Uganda sup­ports the Paris Ac­cord. David Goodwin Los An­ge­les

In the early 1970s, when I was in col­lege, a friend and I spent a sum­mer trav­el­ing through­out Europe and Is­rael. Be­cause the United States was viewed poorly in light of the Viet­nam War, we were ad­vised to down­play the fact that we were Amer­i­cans and pre­tend that we were ac­tu­ally Cana­dian.

Now, be­cause of Trump’s be­hav­ior (specif­i­cally his abysmal de­ci­sion to with­draw the United States from the Paris Cli­mate Ac­cord), it is once again be­ing sug­gested that while trav­el­ing abroad we would save our­selves a sig­nif­i­cant amount of ridicule if we laid low as Amer­i­cans.

While most of us are un­able to leave our cur­rent lives and be­come Cana­di­ans, it might be ap­pro­pri­ate to, at least while abroad, pre­tend we are. David Esquith Northridge

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