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45for45: Set Politics Aside — An Interrelated World Must Act On Climate Change

45for45: Set politics aside — an interrelated world must act on climate change

BALI, Indonesia — First came “Brexit,” the United Kingdom’s decision to exit the European Union.

Now comes “Clexit” — a possible decision by the Trump administration to exit a landmark climate change agreement that scientists and governments around the world hoped would help halt global warming.

Students from France's Maison de Vigiliance and the U.K.'s Trident Ploughshares use a ceremonial dragon head to campaign at COP21 against the development of nuclear weapons that take money away from efforts to prevent global warming. Photo by Adam Handoko.

Students from France’s Maison de Vigiliance and the U.K.’s Trident Ploughshares use a ceremonial dragon head to campaign at COP21 against the development of nuclear weapons that take money away from efforts to prevent global warming. Photo by Adam Handoko/GS Bali.

The Trump administration has signaled that it is reconsidering Paris climate change accords as part of a shift that includes relaxing regulations on coal, oil and gas producers in the U.S. and potential deep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency.

The Paris accords, the result of intense negotiations at the COP21 summit in Paris, require most of the world’s nations to take concrete steps to halt global warming including reducing carbon emissions.

Students from GS Green Generation, an environmental initiative at Green School of Bali, Indonesia, attended COP21, including reporting and creating a “Blue Zone” package for Global Student Square on climate change issues and conference events.

Among issues that GS Generation has researched is how the practice of burning down forests in order to plant palm oil plantations is endangering Indonesia’s orangutans by eliminating their habitats and homes.

GSGeneration 2Watch student Mia LeBerre’s video with a message on how to change the way we see climate change — not through the lens of national politics, but with a global understanding that “everything is interrelated.”

The video is part of our “45for45” series of millennial messages for America’s 45th president, Donald J. Trump. Read more here and send your own video to submissions@globalstudentsquare.org.

—GSS editors

 

 

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