Brookhaven, GA, June 14, 2017 – Letter to the Editor by Robin Hendricks – President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement precipitated a flood of disagreement around the country, with many cities, states, and universities electing to continue the Agreement’s principles on their own.
According to Medium.com, 23 cities in Florida, including Miami, Tampa and Orlando, are among those that have decided to continue fighting climate change as they would if the U.S. was still under the Paris Agreement. 12 cities in North Carolina are doing this as well. This movement spans across much of the country as state and local governments make it known they wish to propel their citizens and economy into a cleaner future.
According to news.wabe.org, thus far, only three cities and three universities, including Oglethorpe University, in Georgia have followed this precedent, a disappointing statistic compared to other southern states.
Now is an opportunity to show the nation and the world that Georgia is a state with a knowledgeable electorate that is ready to embrace the future rather than remaining in the past. I urge every citizen who wants not only future generations, but current generations, to be protected from the adverse effects of climate change to contact their local government representatives with their opinion on the matter. Brookhaven can follow in Oglethorpe University’s footsteps and help Georgia become a leader in this next step toward a more healthy and energy-efficient world.