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Rejoin the Paris Agreement

Supporters Spoke up in this Action
Delivery to the Biden administration

Action Ended On

January 20, 2021

What Happens Next

Thank you to all who took action! On the first day of his presidency, President Biden took steps to rejoin the Paris Agreement, reversing the Trump administration’s withdrawal and restoring U.S. climate leadership on the world stage. Thank you for making your voice heard.

What was at Stake

On November 4th, 2020, the Trump administration officially withdrew the United States from the Paris Agreement. The U.S. is now the only nation in the world that is sitting out the fight against climate change. It's time for that to change.

The climate crisis threatens our security, our public health and welfare, our economic prosperity, and our clean energy industry, which supports millions of U.S. jobs. It threatens the air we breathe and the water we drink. It threatens our ecosystems and disproportionately affects the most vulnerable people on our planet. 

President Biden has committed to rejoining the Paris Agreement, and he can make good on that promise on day one. But that’s just the first step. Then the real work begins to re-establish the U.S. as a global climate leader and move towards a pollution-free, 100% clean energy economy.  

We must hold the new administration accountable to their climate commitments. Tell President Biden to immediately rejoin the Paris Agreement and enact bold and equitable climate solutions.  

Rose Whipple, left, of St. Paul, Minnesota, who spoke of fighting for our Earth, marches next to her friend Amber Cross of Bemidji, Minnesota.
Chris Jordan-Bloch and Kyle Da Silva / Earthjustice

Rose Whipple, left, of St. Paul, Minnesota, who spoke of fighting for our Earth, marches next to her friend Amber Cross of Bemidji, Minnesota.

Your Actions Matter

Your messages make a difference, even if we have leaders who don't want to listen. Here's why.

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You level the playing field.

Elected officials pay attention when they see that we are paying attention.

They may be hearing from industry lobbyists left and right, but hearing the stories of their constituents — that’s your power.

Our legislators serve at the pleasure of the people who gave them their job — you. When you contact your elected official, you’re putting a face and a name on an issue. Whether or not you voted for them, they work for you, for the duration of their term.

Make sure your elected officials know whose community and whose values they represent. (Find your local, state, and federal elected officials.)

Your action is with us in court.

If a federal agency finalizes a harmful action, the record of public comments provides a basis for bringing them into court.

Throughout each of the public comment periods we alert you to, Earthjustice’s attorneys are researching and writing in-depth, technical comments to submit — detailing how the regulation could and should be stronger to protect the environment, our communities, and our planet.

We need you to join us — your specific experiences, knowledge, and voice are crucial to add to the Administrative Record through the comment periods.

Lawsuits we file that challenge weak or harmful federal regulations rely on what was submitted during the comment period. The court can only look at documents that are in the Administrative Record — including the public comments — to decide if the agency did something improper.

Your actions aid our litigation. Taking action and submitting comments during a comment period is substantively important.

It’s the law.

Federal agencies must pause what they’re doing and ask for — and consider — your comment.

Many of us may have never heard of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), but laws like these require our government to ask the public to weigh in before agencies adopt or change regulations.

Regulations essentially describe how federal agencies will carry out laws — including decisions that could undermine science, or weaken safeguards on public health.

Public comments are collected at various points throughout the federal government’s rulemaking process, including when a regulation is proposed and finalized. (Learn more about the rulemaking process.) These comments become part of the official, legal public record — the “Administrative Record.”

When the public responds with a huge outpouring of support for environmental protections, these individual messages collectively undercut politicians' attempts to claim otherwise.

What this means is each of us can take a role in shaping the rules our government creates — and ensuring those rules are fair and effective.