The Big Picture

A hurricane on earth viewed from space.
A hurricane on earth viewed from space.

Written by Nigel Sizer, Rainforest Alliance President

Many of us working to fight climate change had been feeling optimistic last week as world leaders gathered in Marrakech, Morocco for the United Nations Climate Conference (COP22). Then Donald Trump, an avowed climate skeptic, was elected president. Among his many ominous campaign promises was his stated intention to “cancel” the United States’ commitment to the Paris Agreement, which came into force just days before his election.

As a young man growing up in England, I was an avid fan of Douglas Adam’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which featured a cover with advice given to the protagonist Arthur Dent; Don’t Panic! Today we can heed that same sage advice if we also incorporate a call to action. Let’s not panic, but let’s also resolve to keep moving forward in the fight against climate change. Read More >>

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