Global Warming Doesn't Matter

Ok. So, you're probably thoroughly confused and taken aback by the title of my post, "Global Warming Doesn't Matter." You know that MaYarising 100% stands for social and environmental responsibility in fashion production, so you're probably wondering why I would make such a statement. Rest assured, by the end of this post, I think you'll see what I mean and agree that global warming doesn't matter.

Last Thursday, President Trump pulled the United States out of The Paris Agreement, an agreement which President Obama signed along with 189 other countries in a commitment to take measurable steps to counteract climate change. The only other countries who have not signed on to The Paris Agreement are Syria, who's in a state of civil war, and Nicaragua, who deems the Agreement's standards too low and too focused on the well-being of wealthy countries. Even North Korea, a country currently at odds with the United States and much of the world at large, has signed this agreement.

So, if even a fascist country like North Korea wants to work with the rest of the world, why is the U.S., or rather, Donald Trump, pulling America out? Trump has argued that the Agreement is bad for the American dollar, that it costs too much, and that climate change isn't real. He posits that membership is an utter waste of time and money since the Agreement is based on fiction. Of course, 21 of the U.S. Senators who urged Trump to pull the U.S. out of this agreement have--dun dun dun--special interests in oil and coal. But, that's not important here, right??

Ok. I'm getting just a tad snarky, but here's where I reel it back in AND give you the kicker: global warming doesn't terms of the commitments The Paris Agreement stipulates. Global warming doesn't matter in terms of how we choose to live our lives. Global warming doesn't matter in terms of sustainability or ethics. Global warming doesn't matter in terms of the green technology we innovate and implement. Global warming doesn't matter for how we choose to plan for the well-being of generations to come. 

Global warming doesn't matter, because no matter the life expectancy of our species or that of others, it is our responsibility to take care of our home no matter the state of pollution of cleanliness. Global warming doesn't matter, because humanity has the self-reflective capacity to know the difference between right and wrong and to knowingly let our home, our planet, fall into disrepair is wrong. So, it doesn't matter whether you believe in global warming or not. It doesn't matter whether you trust the word of the world's scientists that humans are the cause of this planetary malady. It honestly doesn't matter. Global warming doesn't matter, because we should be taking care of our planet anyway.

And, fortunately we are. Although we've made many, many mistakes as a species, the good news is we are starting to step up in bigger and better ways than we have before. There is an awakening in consciousness that is perceptible, palpable. There are the "Climate Mayors," currently 248 and counting--including Carson Taylor of Bozeman, MT (!!)--from the U.S. who have stepped up where the President has stepped down and have committed to following the edicts of The Paris Agreement despite the U.S.' pending withdrawal. There are the group of children taking the U.S. Government to court, alleging that the government has not done its job to provide them with the simple rights to life such as clean air and water. There are people like you who choose to shop ethically at businesses like MaYarising whose mission is to provide affordable and sustainable clothing, accessories, and goods whose carbon footprint is as negligible as possible.

You see, it doesn't matter whether climate change is the work of fact or fiction. All that matters is our unwavering commitment to make sure our Earth is taken care of. That is what matters, no matter the cost to the American dollar.

Photo by Kevin Gill. Unmodified.

Maya Leon
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