President Trump may have pulled the United States out of the Paris climate agreement, but cities all over the world — including several in the U.S. itself — have made it clear that they are siding with science on this one. On Thursday night, a number of buildings in these cities were lit with bright green lights to show support for the agreement, with or without the U.S.’s involvement.
Clearly, Trump’s decision to yank the U.S. out of the agreement, making it the one of only three countries in the world to not participate, has not been well received outside of his small circle of climate change deniers.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who called for both the One World Trade Center and the Kosciuszko Bridge to be lit green, said in a press release about Trump’s withdrawal:
‘The White House’s reckless decision to withdraw from the Paris Accord has devastating repercussions not only for the United States, but for our planet. This administration is abdicating its leadership and taking a backseat to other countries in the global fight against climate change.’
Outside of the United States, Mexico City, Montreal, and Paris also shined green lights on their major buildings in support of the agreement, which aims to “strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change.”
On Thursday, leaders of Italy, France, and Germany released a joint statement expressing their disappointment in Trump’s decision. The three leaders called the agreement “irreversible” and said that it “cannot be renegotiated.”
‘We deem the momentum generated in Paris in December 2015 irreversible and we firmly believe that the Paris Agreement cannot be renegotiated since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies and economies.’
The leaders also promised to increase efforts to support developing countries in response to the U.S.’s absence.
‘We will step up efforts to support developing countries, in particular the poorest and most vulnerable, in achieving their mitigation and adaptation goals.’
President Trump sent a strong message when he pulled the U.S. out of the agreement. However, the rest of the world has sent him an even stronger one in return.
Check out pictures of some of the buildings that were lit with green last night in the tweets below.
— Anne Hidalgo (@Anne_Hidalgo) June 1, 2017
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) June 2, 2017
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) June 2, 2017
— C40 Cities (@c40cities) June 2, 2017
Featured image via Twitter.