It’s been seven weeks since the U.S. announced its withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord. Since then, the world has rallied around cleaning up the oceans with events like the U.N Ocean Conference, World Ocean Festival and Oceanic Ocean Parties.
With World Oceans Month in the rearview, and Plastic Free July taking center stage, there are many ways to continue to stay involved to #saveourocean.
In fact, if you’re in the dive business, the Diving Equipment and Marketing Association (DEMA) is strongly urging its U.S. members to contact their elected officials to voice their opinion about how withdrawal from the Paris Accord will impact their company’s bottom line.
As a long-time supporter of “government regulation that balances the health of the aquatic environment with maintaining access to dive sites and minimizing unnecessary regulatory burdens on business,” DEMA recognizes that the future of the dive industry depends on healthy oceans:
“Recreational diving businesses and countries that thrive on recreational diving are increasingly adopting policies and practices aimed at preserving, protecting and enhancing the environment. In every corner of the world, having a clean and healthy diving environment is critical to the success of the recreational diving industry.”
DEMA has made it easy for its members to take action. By clicking here, you can send a personalized message to your representative or senators and share how your organization’s work will be impacted by the new policy.
California Rises Up
While the U.S. has officially withdrawn from the Paris agreement, U.S. states and cities have mobilized in support of the accord.
On July 6, California governor Jerry Brown announced that San Francisco would host the Climate Action Summit in September 2018. With a stated goal of supporting the accord, the summit will be the first time an American state has hosted an international climate change conference. State, city and business leaders are expected to pledge to curb greenhouse gas emissions.
The local and state level action has generated a tsunami of support around the country. Shortly after Brown’s announcement, former New York City mayor shared a letter sent to the United Nations signed by more than 1,200 mayors, business leaders, university presidents and others who are “still in” the climate deal.
Hawaii Presses On
On June 6, just days after the White House’s withdrawal announcement, Hawaiian governor David Ige signed two bills to enact legislation in accordance with the Paris agreement.
Ige signed SB 559 (Act 032), which “expands strategies and mechanisms to reduce greenhouse gas emissions statewide in alignment with the principles and goals adopted in the Paris agreement.” He also signed HB 1578 (Act 033), which “establishes the Carbon Farming Task Force within the Office of Planning to identify agricultural and aquacultural practices to improve soil health and promote carbon sequestration – the capture and long-term storage of atmospheric carbon dioxide to mitigate climate change.”
As the first state to sign legislation geared at meeting the standards outlined in the Paris Accord, Hawaii is leading the charge to combat climate change.
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