Saturday, June 10, 2017

John Oliver & the Paris Agreement

In case you missed it, President Trump withdrew the US from the Paris agreement on climate change. As John Oliver puts it, "that's bad news for anyone who lives on this planet." In true comedian fashion, John Oliver swiftly and savagely delivers hilarious truth bombs about the state of our planet and why the Paris agreement is actually so important - and what it means for those of us who are impacted (oh wait...that's everyone). 

The good news is that even though the US has technically withdrawn from the Paris agreement, many cities and communities across the US have stepped up and pledged to meet the agreement anyways! This is a great example of how the anger and spite of a certain person (looking at you, 45) can turn out to be quite an effective motivator and catalyst for change. So if you're pissed off, just harvest that frustration and turn it into activism. Boom! Day better. Locally speaking, a number of large companies based in Portland have already stepped up and pledged to back the Paris agreement, including Nike, Intel, PGE, Columbia Sportswear, and a number of universities, guessed it...Portland State University! #Holla to our (almost) alma mater! If you need some more good news to counteract all the bad news, check out the full article at Oregon Live to see how this rough week has compelled many to action.

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