The Paris Agreement unites all the world’s nations in a single agreement on tackling climate change for the first time in history and, in 2016, it was signed by 195 countries. There are now 3 countries that pulled out of it: Syria, Nicaragua and the United States of America.

This means, as you probably already know, that Donald Trump pulled the US out of the landmark Paris climate change agreement. This is shocking, regrettable and undoubtedly a mistake with dramatic consequences for generations to come.

BONUS: What is the Paris Agreement? Learn more here, here and here.

Climate change is no longer a thing of the future, it was happening before President Trump started his mandate on the supposedly most powerful country of the world, it is happening right now and it is specially affecting those that least contributed to it: the poorest people in the world.

Let’s just be honest: we are all feeling the climate change damaging effects – ice is melting in the artic at an alarming rate, reefs are dying from coral bleaching, cities are being flattened by floods and people are starving due to heat waves, drought and consequent crop failure.

While at first this may not appear to affect you and me, it does, as ecosystems are interconnected and global communities are interdependent. Trump has basically decided to tear apart the Paris Agreement with virtually no science advisers on his staff, by misinterpreting a MIT study and by succumbing to a bunch of climate change denying voices in the is West Wing.

Climate change requires concerted efforts by the whole international community. It is a global problem that requires local coordinated solutions and the US withdrawing from the Paris Agreement will be devastating for recent climate efforts.

However this is not the end of the climate deal: while Trump rejects the future, many others don’t. World leaders are committed to the environmental fight and we are sure in the next few years we’ll see new climate leaders stepping forward, innovative interventions and greater global solidarity.

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This post was co-written by Joana Tadeu and our editor-in-chief, Marta Bordalo Rocha.