Crackers, candy, shampoo, ice cream, soap, chocolate, toothpaste, margarine, protein and granola bars, make-up, laundry detergent, and biofuel. What do these everyday household items and products all have in common? Answer: They all contain palm oil. In fact, it is the most widely used vegetable oil on the planet! The oil’s potential is undeniable. However,its large-scale production comes with ecological, agricultural, and economic costs.
By not complying with the Paris Climate Agreement goals, we are preventing ourselves from achieving a healthier, more prosperous and more sustainable future. Climate change causes sickness and death, damages infrastructure and hurts recreational industries. However, by switching over to a green economy, the U.S. can create job growth, increase GDP, and mitigate the negative impacts of climate change, saving lives and money.
On January 22, 2021, President Biden authorized the United States to rejoin the Paris Agreement. Now that the United States is back at the table, all eyes are on the new administration as to how large of a role the U.S. will play in the fight against climate change.