And through C40 Cities, the global network of 91 cities, of which I, Mayor Hidalgo, serve as chairwoman, mayors representing 650 million citizens are pledging their determination to deliver on the Paris Agreement.
Fortunately for anyone who cares about the environmental health of the planet and actually takes climate change seriously ― rather than, say, believing it's a Chinese hoax, or that the other Paris signatories were only happy with the deal because it screwed over the USA ― the long, slow withdrawal process means this could still be a viable issue in a 2020 presidential campaign.
"This is the height of egotism and moral vacuum seeking only their own well-being at the cost of the entire planet", the statement said.
Trump said on Thursday that the landmark 2015 climate agreement threatened millions of jobs and productivity, and that he would start a multi-year process to withdraw from the deal, which has been signed by nearly every other nation on Earth.
Only two countries are not part of the global agreement - Syria and Nicaragua.
Experts have warned that North Korea is at significant risk of climate change-related problems.
Tillerson: North Korea releases US citizen Otto Warmbier
Warmbier, 22, a University of Virginia student from suburban Cincinnati, was on his way back to the United States on Tuesday, U.S. Warmbier had tried to snag a propaganda banner on his final night in Pyongyang, and ended up being detained for 17 months.
California, New York, Virginia, Connecticut, North Carolina, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Washington state, Vermont, Massachusetts, Delaware, Oregon and Washington, D.C., have signed pledges.
The group says its members will remain actively involved with the global community as it looks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and stop the planet from warming more than 1.5 degrees Celsius (about 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above preindustrial levels. In particular, the country's chronic food shortages could be made worse by droughts or flooding. Now the world tilts closer to Beijing while our government sticks its head in the sand, unmoved by the suffering climate change is already causing.
"The U.S. attitude towards the nuclear issue in the Korean peninsula is the typical example", the North Korean foreign ministry said Tuesday. But during the campaign, Trump was largely spared criticism from North Korea - in one instance, a state media outlet praised him as "wise".
Tuesday's foreign ministry statement linked Trump's "selfish" positions on climate change with the USA administration's stern opposition to North Korea's nuclear program.
The governor remains eager that other states will shortly follow suit.
"As far as being on board ... we've been on board from the start", Council President Ronnie Rimbert said.