The maybe unreliable chatter today is that Trump will, one way or another, pull the US out of the plant-saving Paris agreement. This will surely be a tipping point in the world order, if not the future of the planet and humanity. Certainly the most important decision the US has made in my adult lfetime. It is as if the US had withdrawn from the League of Nations, rather than just failed to join it.
But the question then becomes what should everyone, and I mean everyone, do to put “humanity first.” Some suggestions:
If you can, buy goods made in states that are making every effort to comply with Paris goals. The less industrial activity in non-compliant states, the lower the emissions.
If you can not make a US “Humanity First” purchase, consider buying goods made in countries that are still committed to meeting the Paris goals. (Yes, its hard to boycott your own country, and there will be political blow-back, but surely it is the logical thing to do. After all, lessened industrial activity in the US will reduce emissions.
Make investment decisions based on companies, states’ and countries’ efforts to support the Paris goals.
Encourage organizations to make their decisions on the same criteria.
Obviously, give to advocacy organizations, particularly international ones.
Accelerate your planting and environmental plans, personally and organizationally.
Remember this could be a tipping point for the planet. Think of it as a slow moving Cuban Missile Crisis in which we can all influence the outcome. (For those who remember, think Yenching Palace for all of us — talking of genuine back channels.)