Welp, it happened. Donald Trump has withdrawn the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord, the agreement that 195 countries signed to slow climate change. NORTH KOREA SIGNED IT FOR PETE’S SAKE.
But here’s the ‘good’ news: Donald Trump cannot prevent any of us from caring about climate change. Click To Tweet He cannot prevent any of us from spending our money, time, or energy to reduce our own carbon footprints.
This country (and planet) is made up of individuals. Many of our individual choices got us here and our individual choices can make a difference now, too.
Donald Trump can’t stop us from recycling or composting.
We’re signed up for Hennepin County’s organics recycling program and we loooove it. In case you were wondering, it’s not gross and nothing smells. If your city doesn’t offer composting, this countertop compost bin is cute, costs $22 and has 5,000+ five star reviews.
Donald Trump can’t stop us from reusing things and using fewer disposable items.
We have these coffee travel mugs and love them.
Donald Trump can’t stop us from driving hybrid cars, taking public transport, or riding our bikes.
NiceRide, Minneapolis’s bike sharing program costs $75 a year.
Donald Trump can’t stop us from eating less meat.
Donald Trump can’t stop us from buying carbon offsets.
Donald Trump can’t stop us from buying more things secondhand.
Donald Trump can’t stop us from using LED lightbulbs, adjusting our thermostats, or signing up for wind or solar power.
We use SunShare and love it! And it’s cheaper!
Donald Trump can’t stop us from buying local produce.
Donald Trump can’t stop us voting with our dollars and supporting companies who favor ethical, environmentally-friendly policies.
Here’s a list of the world’s most sustainable companies, as of 2017. Johnson & Johnson, L’Oreal, Adidas, Colgate/Palmolive, and General Mills made the cut.
When it comes right down to it, Donald Trump can’t stop us. Period.