Landscape Institute joins in international 'dismay' following President Trump's Paris Accord decision

The Landscape Institute has joined the worldwide call for President Trump to reconsider the US's withdrawal from the Paris Accord on Climate Change.

Flooding - a feature of climate change
Flooding - a feature of climate change

The LI joined delegates from 29 member nations of the European Region International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA EU) signed a joint declaration at a conference in Bucharest, expressing their shared dismay at President Trump’s stated intention to remove the United States of America from the Paris Accord.

The declaration reads: "Landscape Architects [sic] particular understanding of all landscapes and the effects of people upon them are central to our deliberations," the declaration states.

"The role of our professions is to work with natural systems to best benefit sustainable change for all peoples.

"…Through our joint voices we wish to contribute to any appeal that President Trump may hear and to support all those with whom we have common purpose in support of delivering the Paris Accord aims."

The Paris Accord is an agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that aims to mitigate greenhouse gas emission, foster climate resilience and adaptibility, limit the average temperature increase and manage finances towards these ends in signatory nations starting in the year 2020. As of June 2017, all 195 UNFCCC members have signed the agreement, 148 of which have ratified it. Former US President Obama signed on behalf of the US on 29 August 2016.

States across the US have rebelled against the decision, saying they will uphold the spirit of the treaty. On Tuesday, Hawaii became the first to pass a law committing to the goals and limits of the accord.

In addition to encouraging emissions cuts, the law also promotes "environmental integrity" and the conservation of wetlands and forests — key tenets of the accord.

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