Honestly, I was glad to hear the reaction of the President of France E. Macron on US withdrawal:
Yes, let’s make ours his ironic and intentionally provocative motto “Make the planet great again”.
Also, the reaction of former US President Barack Obama, under whose administration the Agreement was signed, should be mentioned. Obama called out for personal activism and spirit of initiative in favor of the environment.
“But even in the absence of American leadership; even as this Administration joins a small handful of nations that reject the future; I’m 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 ”.
…and hopefully the Climate Alliance between California, New York and Washington will also gain more members in the future.
This whole story should remind all environmental managers and policymakers that the road towards an eco-friendlier future will keep on being difficult. As global environmental awareness will constantly increase and pro-environment decisions will gain more and more consensus, opposition by those against climate change will become more extreme. People, including our own governments in which we should trust, do not always share our ideas and there will never be perfect conditions to carry on the environmental fight.
In Isaac Asimov’s Foundation trilogy, Hober Mallow, first merchant prince of the Foundation, affirmed in a very delicate situation
“There’s no merit in discipline under ideal circumstances. I’ll have it in the face of death, or it’s useless”.
The real test for environmental activism is in the absence of the ideal.