Hytchin' or Ditchin' the Paris Climate Agreement

Over the past few weeks, the Paris Agreement has been a topic plaguing the headlines.  As you may have seen on the news, President Trump has withdrawn the United States from this pact in hopes of a negotiation.  He believes that the pact is fiscally prejudice to the United States.  But, what does this really mean? Below is a breakdown of the accord, provided during COP 21, when the Paris climate accord was first presented.

  Source: COP21, AFP

Source: COP21, AFP

Essentially, 195 countries previously signed the Paris accord as a plan to slow global climate change.  Developed countries would contribute more money and resources than underdeveloped countries in order to keep the global climate change below “2 degrees Celsius.” There would be frequent reviews and updates given by each participating country. As a result of the withdrawal, many governors and lawmakers across the country have vowed to continue with the terms of the Paris agreement.   

As citizens, it is easy to believe that we do not have a role in slowing climate change.  We can not choose whether we remain in such an agreement or decide to defy a withdrawal.  However, there are countless changes that we can make in our everyday life that combat emissions.  Using Hytch is one of them.

At Hytch, our mission is geared towards reducing traffic congestion and carbon emissions. Joining us in these goals is one of the easiest ways to make a difference.  Cars and trucks contribute one-fifth of all US carbon emissions (UCSUSA).  Sharing a car with a friend can easily reduce the amount of carbon being pumped into the atmosphere, while simultaneously reducing traffic.   

You do not have to be a politician to take one car off the road and rideshare (although we would welcome any politician that would like to join).