College Democrats of New York Create New Environmental Caucus
Albany, N.Y.––On June 1st 2017, President Donald Trump announced that he will withdraw the US from the Paris Climate Agreement, an action that unified 195 nations in battling global warming. The College Democrats of New York strongly condemns this announcement as it not only shatters America’s role as a global leader and rejects our responsibility as one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gasses but also severely endangers the entire ecosystem. Withdrawing is shortsighted, disgraceful, and destructive.
Therefore, CDNY believes it is the most opportune time to create a long over-due environmental caucus. According to CDNY President Claudia Stankiewicz, “We recognize the urgency in educating the public about renewable energy, improving wastewater treatment, and reducing emissions. Through the creation of this caucus, we are acknowledging our responsibilities as college students to understand that our present choices will affect the future of our nation’s youth, and it is imperative that we demand higher standards and it is necessary to take action now." Climate change is perhaps the biggest crisis of our day and will have monstrous effects on our environment, future generations, and global economy if not addressed swiftly and effectively. With this new caucus, young progressives now have the chance to organize and create meaningful change in their local areas in regard to environmental policy.
In response to Trump’s announcement, President Obama asserted that, despite withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement, he is confident that “our states, cities, and businesses will step up and do even more to lead the way, and help protect for future generations the one planet we’ve got.” Similarly, CDNY Vice President Ryan Trumbauer noted, “It disappoints me to see the United States give up its seat at the discussion table when the future of the planet’s health is the topic at hand. However, I remain steadfastly confident that the world will continue to move forward with the agreement’s goals.” If Trump won't fight climate change, our communities can and will. CDNY hopes an environmental caucus will help mobilize our democratic voice in defending our environment from Trump and his administration’s dangerous acts.