Trump’s election was devastating on so many levels — he’s a misogynist, anti-Muslim, and anti-immigrant.
Trump’s efforts to reverse the United States progress on climate change could damage our world for generations and endanger the lives of hundreds of millions of people — often in the poorest countries and communities. We all need to continue to fight hard for climate change action on national level.
Meanwhile – we can continue to make progress on the local and state level.
Big Reuse is one of the larger organizations in New York City focused on direct improvements to the environment. We are going to work hard to increase our impact. Please join us! You can support us by donating money, donating materials, or shopping with us.
In the last year Big Reuse
- Diverted 4 million lbs of building materials and 1 million lbs of organics from the landfill
- Worked with 750 volunteers and over 30 green jobs trainees, inspiring broader change
- Worked with 9 of our outreach staff coordinated by the Department of Sanitation to promote curbside organics collection for composting
- Provided the compost we made to over 100 groups for community greening projects
- Supported 30 green living wage jobs
We use our revenue to drive change. We were part of wave of community driven efforts in 2010-2012 for composting that helped encourage the city to launch citywide organics collection. We opened our Brooklyn location in order to continue to divert more materials. Our mill program will increase the amount of lumber we can divert as well. Please help support Big Reuse as we continue to grow and work on local environmental impacts. Change and progress are still possible.
More on Trump’s possible environmental impact
Trump has already appointed Myron Ebell as head of the transition team for the EPA, and he may be appointed as head of the EPA. Ebell is a climate change denier who rejects the Paris Agreement as unconstitutional. His organization is funded by an array of oil and chemical companies.
Trump also wants to pull out of the Paris Agreement in which 196 nations agreed to limit global temperatures from rising 2˚C above pre-industrial levels. If the world exceeds 2˚C, we will experience intense droughts, heat waves, storms, and famines.
2016 was the hottest year in recorded history and the Earth is probably already past the 1.2˚C mark. We have already seen the impact of climate change locally with record breaking droughts in upstate New York this year, Superstorm Sandy knocking out electricity in Manhattan and causing $67 billion in damage, and drought produced forest fires in the South East.
The impact is even greater around the world. Among some of the most recent global impacts, climate change threatens 36 million people in Africa with drought and famine and almost 8,000 people were killed by one of the most intense tropical cyclones on record, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines,
Under the Paris Agreement, the United States is committed to decreasing emissions by 67% by 2040. If the United States does not meet it requirements – we doom the world to exceed 2˚C.
Further reading on Trump’s assault on the environment
- Donald Trump Could Put Climate Change on Course for ‘Danger Zone’
- Drought and rising temperatures ‘leaves 36m people across Africa facing hunger’
- Earth Just Experienced the Hottest Five Years on Record
- As Trump Heads to Washington, Global Warming Nears Tipping Point
- Clues About Trump Effect on Global Energy
- Top climate skeptic to lead Trump’s EPA transition team