It’s about to go down.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson defied President Donald Trump and his administration of climate change deniers in a “yuuuge” way on Thursday.
Tillerson proved he takes climate change seriously, The Washington Post reports, when he signed a declaration acknowledging that our planet faces monumental climate threats that cannot be ignored any longer.
During a meeting with the Arctic Council, the former ExxonMobil CEO signed the Fairbanks Declaration in Fairbanks, Alaska — a forum comprised of several Indigenous activist groups and countries that border the Arctic Circle. Countries present at the meeting included Canada, Russia, Finland, Norway, Sweden, the United States, Denmark, and Iceland.
During the meeting, Tillerson assured those present:
‘In the United States, we are currently reviewing several important policies, including how the Trump administration will approach the issue of climate change. We are appreciative that each of you has an important point of view, and you should know that we are taking the time to understand your concerns. We’re not going to rush to make a decision. We’re going to work to make the right decision for the United States.’
President Trump, who once called climate change a “hoax” invented by the Chinese, is reportedly considering withdrawing the United States from the Paris Agreement aimed at combatting the effects of climate change.
‘The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.’
The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012
Trump has long promised, since the early days of his presidential campaign, to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement — a pledge between 132 countries to work to make their air less dirty and to combat the worst effects of climate change.
Several environmental activst groups who oppose the United States abandoning the agreement protested through the streets of downtown Fairbanks on Wednesday when Tillerson arrived. Said groups believe withdrawing from the commitment to combat climate change would adversely impact the US economy, as well as threaten United States national security interests.
Indigenous rights and environmental activist Enei Begaye told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:
‘We want to tell our secretary of state and our country that Alaskans want a clean economy and we want to honor the Paris climate agreement.’
Featured Image via Getty Images/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez.