By Stephen Lawrence
In 2017, the Trump Administration removed the United States of America from the Paris Climate Agreement, an agreement formed with the majority of the world to end climate change through enhancing the technologies that harness renewable energy, as well as maximizing the financial flow into the resources that minimize climate change impacts.
Although the United States has been removed from the agreement, many individual cities from across the country have decided to take it upon themselves to continue the agreement on their own - one of the cities being Portland, Oregon.
Multnomah County, which holds Portland, Oregon, made a promise to the country that they would be at the forefront of maintaining and establishing renewable energy by 2050, and would use this platform to educate other cities and counties on how beneficial it can be to maintain our natural resources. In addition to promising a more energy-efficient city, Ted Wheeler, the mayor of Portland, Oregon, promised to increase job training in renewable energy positions, implement electric public transit and help low-income residents that are directly impacted by the transition to clean energy.
While the future of renewable energy is still unclear and the impacts are still far off, the passion for renewable and clean energy is prevalent and understood by most residents of Multnomah County. Until more county-wide regulations are put into place, feel free to check out the following link, which offers 35 easy, day-to-day ways to make a difference towards stopping climate change: