Gov­ern­ment must take lead on cli­mate change

Hartford Courant - - Opinion -

With the G-20 sum­mit wrap­ping up over this past week­end, we saw Trump reaf­firm the United States’ with­drawal from the Paris Ac­cord on cli­mate change. The ad­min­is­tra­tion’s hard stance against the ac­cord is es­pe­cially trou­bling, given that dur­ing the sum­mit it was brought up that a new UN re­port de­tailed the ef­fects of global warm­ing be­ing even sev­erer than pre­vi­ously thought.

Cli­mate change can’t be sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced by the acts of an in­di­vid­ual. Pick­ing pa­per over plas­tic at the gro­cery store may seem like you are do­ing your part, but the plas­tic bags are al­ready made and will con­tinue to be made de­spite your choice.

In or­der to see sig­nif­i­cant change, we must hold ac­count­able ma­jor com­pa­nies for their ac­tions in re­gard to their detri­men­tal ef­fects on the en­vi­ron­ment.

A re­cent re­port showed that just 100 com­pa­nies con­trib­uted 71 per­cent of global green­house gas emis­sions. As in­di­vid­u­als,

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