By Keith Zukowski June 1, 2017

For the last year and a half the Paris Climate Agreement stood for hope – hope for the future of our planet; that we can work with other nations to face the threat of climate change together.

But President Trump has made the reckless decision to back out of the agreement. And people all over the world are going to pay the price – including American workers and families.

By now, you’ve probably heard the news – Trump has pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Agreement, the commitment between 195 countries to fight climate change. By doing this, Trump is jeopardizing our economy, our health and our future. Our hope for a cleaner, more sustainable world for all is at greater risk.

And the US—supposedly Trump’s top priority— will no doubt feel the repercussions. More air pollution, and the health consequences that come with it, are on the way. The booming US clean energy sector will face new obstacles, giving China and Europe an advantage in the race for these jobs.

I was raised to believe that America sets the example for the rest of the world—that we could be relied upon as a nation to do what is right, what is just, and what is wise. Today, we know that’s in jeopardy.  I fear that we could look back on this decision as one that marked America’s transition from world leader to lone wolf.

But we must look for other avenues where we can drive meaningful action. With a White House that doubts the very existence of climate change, it’s time to let Congress know we won’t stand for a retreat from this challenge.

Today is a terrible day for the future of the planet… but there is still hope. Businesses across the country have rallied around the Paris Agreement and many states are going ahead with their own clean energy plans. Investment in clean energy tech and renewables will continue to spur growth and innovation and a whole new generation of workers and thinkers.

Of course, we need our government to back us in this fight. And with our collective voice, I’m confident that we can make that happen. It’s now on us take the lead, and to make them prove that they will put people – and our planet – first.

I hope you will remain optimistic and continue to push for American leadership in climate action.

Take a moment to tell your Congressmen and women that we need climate leadership now.