YDNC Statement on Paris Climate Accords / by khaetlyn grindell

Although the Young Democrats of North Carolina (YDNC) is deeply disappointed that President Trump has withdrawn the United States from the Paris Climate Accords, YDNC is hopeful that North Carolina mayors will lead us into a future in which all North Carolinians can thrive.

Trump’s failure to position the United States as a world leader has compromised the nation’s opportunity to build a clean energy economy, create high-paying jobs, achieve energy independence, and ensure that America’s communities and natural beauty can flourish for future generations. However, a number of mayors in North Carolina have committed to honoring the Paris agreement, including the mayors of Asheville, Charlotte, Chapel Hill, Durham, Greensboro, Hillsborough, Raleigh, and Winston-Salem.

“As young people, we’re proud to see mayors across our state take the lead for our future,” said Bekah Whilden, YDNC national committeewoman. “Climate change is one of the most pressing issues facing our generation. Young voters will surely remember elected officials who stand on the side of the environment.”

The weight of North Carolina’s future cannot be shouldered by just a handful of cities. YDNC looks forward to every mayor’s commitment to the economic and environmental future of communities all across the state.