June 1st, 2017, a date that will live in infamy, a watershed event; those are just a few of the ways that yesterday been described as, regardless, it was tragic. The United States President decided that it is in our nation’s “best interest” to pull-out of the Paris Climate Accords. His choice was only supported by false facts and will in reality cause more harm to our country over the next few years and leave the once great United States of America a terrible reputation among other nations in future international policy events. The President repeatedly stated in his address that it is his duty to help create jobs in many industries- especially coal. Mr. Trump said these untruthful statements at a time when we should be focusing on more innovative and promising technologies in renewable energy and transportation. Said fields offer more jobs than any other, and while we leave the Paris Accords we also leave these future jobs as well. Countries who stayed in the Paris Accords like China and India are now becoming world leaders in renewable energy which helps their economy as it could help ours. Watching the Leader of the Free World make these decisions in full lucidity angered all of us at Schools Under 2°C. Although after the President’s address, we saw a glimmer of hope as multiple states and cities pledged to abide by the Paris Accords yesterday regardless of the administration’s decisions. Even though as a nation we are not in the Paris Accords and will likely not reach the national goals set out in the accords we want to reduce our carbon footprint as much as possible for our future, and the futures of others in the hope that we can still make a difference and stay under 2°C.