Why You Should Care That The US May Leave The Paris Agreement
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Why You Should Care That The US May Leave The Paris Agreement

And what the Paris Agreement actually is.

Throughout his campaign, Trump made promises to exit the Paris Agreement, claiming it would hurt our economy due to the inability to create manufacturing jobs that contribute greatly to climate change (ignoring the fact that technological advances have taken over antiquated manufacturing jobs).

Trump also appointed Scott Pruitt as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, a well-known activist standing against the plans of the EPA. In short, he denies the scientific conclusion that human behavior is the leading cause for harmful emissions resulting in a substantially warmer climate.

The Paris Agreement, however, is a global agreement among all nations to combat climate change through a specific set of standards and actions each country must take. The most important aspects of the agreement are:

1. To keep the warming well below 2 degrees Celsius (35.6 Fahrenheit) and limit the temperature rise to 1.5 celsius (34.7 Fahrenheit).

2. Rich countries are required to give $100 billion a year in order to help poorer countries finance their eco-friendly changes.

3. Developed countries have to spearhead the reduction of gas emissions while developing countries have to increase their efforts to cut down on emissions.

4. They will review the plan every five years and update it as needed to make their plan as effective as possible.

5. Plan to have greenhouse gas emissions peak as soon as it can so it can begin to decrease.

6. Attempt to minimize damage that has already been done especially in poorer countries.

The United States is the second leading country in greenhouse gas emissions behind China, whose population is more than four times the size of ours. Our country is an enormous contributor to climate change, and by withdrawing from the Paris Agreement we will continue to negatively impact the planet.

Working towards combating climate change will have to commence with altering our own behavior, but once that precedent is set, we will continue to grow in a positive manner.

I am asking, no -- begging President Trump to please join the agreement. He's taken away money from food stamps, health insurance and student loans, yet has lowered taxes for the richest people in our country. The least he can do is take some of that 800 billion slashed from Medicaid and help fix the planet.

Perhaps the Paris agreement will destroy certain jobs as a result of their negative effects on the environment, but it will simultaneously create many new jobs in order to follow the Paris Agreement standards. My confusion really begins with, yes it's important to create and keep jobs for the American people, but won't that not matter if the planet dies? Because if you weren't aware if the Earth goes, we're all going down with it.


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New Trump Budget Wants To Cut Meals On Wheels, The Arts

#SavetheNEA

President Trump released his new budget proposal which includes funding cuts to the National Endowment of the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and steep cuts to the EPA and State Department.

Trump wants to completely eliminate funding for the NEA, NEH, and the CPB which is a huge blow to the arts community. Trump also wants to eliminate the Institute of Museum and Library Services. All of these organizations support art organizations, museums, libraries and public broadcasting affiliates.

Not only cutting the arts, Trump wants to slash the EPA's budget, notably stopping funding for the Clean Power Plan, international climate change programs, climate change research and partnership programs and related climate change efforts.

The worst part of the budget proposal however, is the elimination of federal funding of Meals on Wheels programs, which provide meals to the elderly, poor, veterans, disabled and others that can't leave their homes.

Meals on Wheels uses funding from several sources so eliminating federal funding wouldn't kill it, but it certainly doesn't help.

On Twitter, #MealsonWheels and #SavetheNEA are currently trending.

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The 9 Best Signs From Saturday's March On Science

Eco-warriors unite!

Saturday was Earth Day, which is one of those "holidays" I like to imagine only half of the population remembers is real, like Arbor Day (what's the difference?) and Leif Erikson Day (more like LEAF Erikson Day, am I right?)

But this year's Earth Day had a little more going for it: all across the world, in over 500 cities, people participated in the March For Science, a demonstration in support of climate scientists and the work they do, and a demonstration in the face of certain administrations (*cough, cough*) who have decided protecting the planet can wait.

Even though it was raining in a bunch of big cities on Saturday, folks were out in full force all across the country, which was awesome to see. We've piled up some of our favorite signs from the rallies:

1. A GOOD SCIENCE DOGGO

Oh my goodness, look at this good science boy from London. If you didn't support science before, you do now.

2. SCOREBOARD

Big fan of the Constitution? Same. Check the scoreboard, y'all.

3. THE GREATEST SCIENCE SQUAD EVER

How's your face feel, Kellyanne Conway? (By the way, where is she these days?)

4. A VERY WOKE SCIENCE BABY

You just *know* this kid's parents listen to NPR and read science journals on the weekend. Also they get their kids vaccinated, which is very good. Go science!

5. A VERY GOOD SLAM

This man is out here in a fleece dropping SLAMS on the White House. CAN'T STOP SCIENCE.

6. THIS IMPORTANT PRESCRIPTION

This is big news! I didn't know there was a cure for BS. I'm sure we all know someone (or, rather, a group of someones) who could use a big old dose of science in the morning.

7. WE ARE ALL SIX YEARS OLD

Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha, butts.

8. AN EXTREMELY GOOD CALL-BACK

Hey, Mr. President, remind me who won the popular vote? More importantly, y'all, the Earth should win the popular vote every time.

9. THIS GUY GETS IT

For all of us Dunkin Donuts fans out there, imagine if you were all of a sudden deprived of your morning iced coffee. Sound good? No, it does not. That's what the planet is going through every day until we figure out a way to reverse the effects of climate change.

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20 Things We Can All Agree On No Matter Our Political Party

Everyone kind of likes one Nickleback song.

Recently, our nation's elephants and donkeys have kept the place feeling like a zoo. Or maybe a stampede. Political parties, once simply a designation of a political stance, a belief in how the country should best be run and unified, has become a marker of "us" versus "them".

And the battling of our red and blue parties has trickled down into everyday citizens and our interactions. Now, I find myself conflicted with how I interact and maintain friendships with people who post political Facebook status rants that are so divisive and vitriolic.

The personal is indeed political, but the reason I am political is so that we can all enjoy the personal. Because we are all persons. My ideas do not coincide with all of my family or friends, but my ideas are not to spite them. We have the same hope, a strong united country, and different plans we think are best to get there.

I'm not here though to convince you to join my side or leave yours or to abandon politics. My purpose now is to remind you of what brings us together. As Stephen Colbert began in his post election speech, there are some unified fronts we can all stand behind. Perhaps most important among these is that "deep down Americans believe Alex Trebek will never die because it wasn't in the form of a question."

Here are 20 things we can all agree on and think and wonder and ponder, whether we are members of the Democrats, Republicans, Green Party, Tea Party, a god damn independent, or just a party-goer.

1. You have thought and vocalized at one point, "How did we ever live without computers?"

2. We have all wondered how many times a day if Brian Dunkleman regrets quitting American Idol after the first season.

3. Each of us can say with some certainty that Disney Channel Original Movies aren't what they used to be.

4. We all annoyingly wonder why we can't take away the remaining food off our last plate at a buffet. It's going to be thrown away if not, right?

5. You and I have both thought it's pretty nice to be in love.

6. We all think that the quality of Adam Sandler movies has moved in an indisputable downward trajectory, and yet can't stop watching them as they come out.

7. We have all imagined ourselves in a music video while looking out of a vehicle window (with more intensity if it is raining).

8. When someone holds the door open for you when you are a ways away, you have recognized the politeness of the gesture, but preferred they rather not because now you have to awkwardly half jog.

9. We've seen and heard the preaching of Fast Food Nation and Supersize Me, but still thought at some point, "I need to have fast food right now."

10. You at least kind of like one of Nickleback's songs (mine is "How You Remind Me").

11. We have all thought at one time or another that we should get summer vacation every year for our whole life.

12. We can all admit to wishing that Starbucks would just use small, medium and large for size descriptions (because I can never remember for the love of all that is beautiful in this world which size is Tall)

13. If a psychotic murderer was on a killing rampage, you realize that your first impulse would never be to take a shower in an empty house. And so, 13.5 is that this is the only unrealistic detail of a horror movie you harp on, even though the entire film is almost entirely impossible.

14. In terms of food, you assume that if it's fried, it's probably better.

15. We look at our tissue after we blow our nose.

16. If we order a salad as our side dish, we probably wish it was fries. And we will probably think about this throughout the entire meal.

17. You have thought about how much you hate the process of flossing.

18. When you are eating something, like chips or cookies, have thought or said aloud, "OK, maybe just one more," before putting them away. Then shortly thereafter opened it back up, ate another and said or thought, "alright, this really is the last one."

19. We have all attempted to get the attention of a baby or little kid by making noises that one ordinarily uses to attract the attention of a dog or cat.

20. You have seen a meme that, even with its comedic idiocy, spoke to the very essence of your soul.

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The Trumps Are Going To Get Us Killed

I mean, come on.

As you are all aware, a few days ago the United States carried out a tactical bombing of a Syrian airbase in retaliation to the news of chemical weapons being used by Assad's Syrian regime. This has been taken both positively and negatively across the United States, as one would expect.

While I am not going to give my opinion on the actual bombing, I did find this aspect both interesting and completely disturbing:

No, you are not tripping balls, you are reading that Eric Trump is actually saying that he's positive his sister influenced the president's decision to carry out the bombings.

Oh wait, there's more! Here's another "brilliant" point by Malfoy-- I mean Eric:

Let's handle these one idiotic quote at a time. First, you're telling me that the only reason that Trump bombed Syria is because his daughter was upset by seeing the pictures of the aftermath of an attack? Whether you agree with the retaliation or not, this is probably the last aspect that should factor in to a decision that could, you know, ignite a third world war. It's disgusting, but somehow not shocking, considering Eric also said that nepotism is, "a beautiful thing."

Second of all, the only thing he chose to take away from the bombings was that there isn't a Russian connection? Dude, it's like when you're cheating in Monopoly with a friend and say, "We're not working together! He just landed on Boardwalk and I made him pay up" or any other poor distraction that everyone else looks at and says, "This is a joke, right?" This has nothing to do with the Russia connections, because it was people in his campaign that had the connections.

Also, how in the world is that your only takeaway? You just bombed another country and you're going to say, "Look away from the stuff we don't want you to see"? This administration is running our country into the ground, a la the Lannisters in King's Landing.

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Kim Kardashian Robbed at Gunpoint

Seriously messed up.

It's been quite a week for Kim Kardashian West, one I'm more that certain she's going to try very hard to forget.

The reality TV star and media mogul's time in Paris was cut short this morning as she boarded a private plane back to the U.S. after her second attack of the week.

Earlier last week, Kim was assaulted by the same man who grabbed Gigi Hadid after leaving a Milan Fashion Week show. The man, self-described prankster Vitalii Sediuk, attempted to kiss (yes, kiss) Kardashian's famous booty as she walked into a restaurant in Paris. The incident, which obviously shook Kardashian, would not even compare to what went down in her Paris hotel room last night.

ICYMI, after returning home from the Givenchy show last night, Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint by five men disguised as police officers. She was reportedly tied up and locked in the bathroom while the men stole $10 million worth of jewelry from the room. According to reports, the men got away with a box of possessions worth $6.7 million dollars as well as her wedding ring, worth $4 million.

When news reached husband Kanye West, who was performing at the Meadows Music & Arts Festival in New York, he immediately stopped the show due to a "family emergency."

All I could think after hearing the news was, "How the hell could someone with a security detail like hers find themselves tied up and robbed by not one, but five men?" The whole situation seems like a plot line to some three-star Netflix movie. It almost feels like some kind of elaborate media hoax, but it's not.

Thoughts go out to Kim Kardashian West and her family, this is a seriously messed up situation.

Balenciaga. No make up today.

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