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 U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry holds his 2-year-old granddaughter, Isabel Dobbs-Higginson, for the signing of the Paris Agreement on climate action at the United Nations.  (Spencer Platt / Associated Press)

U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry holds his 2-year-old granddaughter, Isabel Dobbs-Higginson, for the signing of the Paris Agreement on climate action at the United Nations.  (Spencer Platt / Associated Press)

On June 1, 2017, against the will of the majority of American citizens, the US federal government announced its intention to withdraw its participation in the Paris Climate Agreement.   A fortunate result of this unfortunate and unilateral stroke of a pen is the emergence of the Subnational Movement: states, municipalities, universities, corporations and faith groups declaring "We Are Still In", committed to fulfilling America's commitment to global climate cooperation.  Now, individual citizens like yourself can join in and declare:

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The team at We Stand With Paris  are designing a web- and app-based mechanism by which individual American citizens can engage the Paris Agreement as authentically and as seriously as the larger Subnational Movement, and in ways appropriate to their scale.

Specific Mitigation Commitments: The original U.S. Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) was a 26% - 28% reduction by 2025 from a 2005 baseline. We aim to hold our parties (the individual signatories) accountable at a minimum to that same commitment.

Accurate Reporting and Public Accountability: A state of the art carbon calculator will seek to provide the same accuracy demanded of the larger Subnationals. Signatories will make a public commitment on our website and will annually report on their progress. This involves first taking a baseline carbon footprint measurement shortly after signing the commitment, then annually updating their personal footprint to measure their progress.

Increasing Ambition: Because the original Paris Agreement commitments were insufficient to keep global warming below the targeted 2 °C goal, the agreement calls for periodically increasing the ambition of national targets. Similarly, we will ask our signatories to periodically increase the ambition of their carbon reduction.

Adaptation for Least Developed Countries: Voluntary adaptation assistance forms an important part of the Paris Agreement, and the United States committed to $500 million per year for the Green Climate Fund. Our signatories will have opportunity to voluntarily contribute to a fund designed to support Least Developed Countries in their efforts to adapt to climate impacts.

Other Provisions and Future COP Developments: Later versions of the engagement mechanism will seek to draw signatories into as many provisions of the Paris Agreement as are meaningful and appropriate: e.g. Loss and Damage, Education, etc. In addition, it will evolve each year as the Paris Agreement, under the supervison of the UNFCCC, unfolds.

 
 
 

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