Goldman Environmental Foundation Condemns U.S. Withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement

June 1, 2017

The following is a statement from Susan R. Gelman, President of the Goldman Environmental Foundation:

“Today marks a significant turning point for our country and our planet as the president formally announced his intent to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. We strongly condemn the president’s decision, as it is a direct threat to the Earth and to future generations that will inhabit it.

“Climate change has already significantly impacted our communities, our natural resources, and the existence of wildlife around the world. The agreement reached in Paris was a tremendous milestone whereby every country except for Nicaragua and Syria came together to acknowledge the behemoth threatening our future and to take actionable steps to reduce our carbon footprint. However, today the president has chosen to put the interests of the fossil fuel industry ahead of the safety and future of our children. We must not let the administration’s actions define America’s fight for a greener future.

“While we are outraged by today’s reversal of course for our country, the Goldman Environmental Foundation will continue to honor, defend, and support guardians of the environment around the world in order to advance our commitment to safeguarding our planet. We call on others – businesses, individuals, and public entities alike – to continue to invest in a low-carbon future and forge our shared path toward a sustainable life on this planet.”