World and city leaders flipped the switch to turn major buildings green in support of the Paris climate agreement and climate change goals on Thursday night as part of the backlash against President Trump's announcement that he would remove the United States from the pact.
Trump’s decision to pull the United States from the Paris deal was met with worldwide criticism. The leaders of France, Germany and Italy said the deal was “irreversible and we firmly believe that the Paris agreement cannot be renegotiated.”
Buildings in major world cities such Paris, Mexico City, Washington, D.C., and New York City lit their facades in green to show support for the agreement. The mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio (D), tweeted that City Hall turned green on Thursday "because New York City will honor the goals of the Paris Agreement."
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The governors of California, Washington and New York announced Thursday that they’re committed to upholding the goals of the Paris accord and will launch the “U.S. Climate Alliance” in an effort to uphold the United States’ original commitment.