INDIANAPOLIS — A group of more than 60 mayors from across the country, two of them Hoosiers, reaffirmed their commitment to the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement on Thursday evening, after President Donald Trump announced he would withdrawal the country’s support of the pact.
In a statement posted Thursday night, 68 members of the the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda, a network of nearly 100 mayors from across the country working to fight climate change locally and nationally, said they will intensify local efforts to meet the goals outlined by the agreement.
Among the nearly 70 signatures on the statement are Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton and Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson.
“We will continue to lead. … And if the president wants to break the promises made to our allies enshrined in the historic Paris Agreement, we’ll build and strengthen relationships around the world to protect the planet from devastating climate risks,” the statement reads.
The Climate Mayors, as they’re also known, also wrote an open letter to Trump in March, criticizing the administration’s goals of rolling back certain climate policies and proposed budget cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency.
Hamilton and Freeman-Wilson weren’t the only Indiana officials who shared their thoughts online following Trump’s announcement Thursday afternoon.
Rep. Andre Carson, D-Indianapolis, said he would remain committed to the agreement despite Trump’s “shortsightedness.”