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CEO DATELINE – Public health, outdoor industry groups criticize Paris agreement withdraw

Nov. 6, 2019
By Walt Williams

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Two associations representing public health experts and outdoor recreational equipment retailers and manufacturers are blasting the Trump administration’s formal move to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.

Earlier this week, the White House made good on President Donald Trump’s pledge to pull out of the climate change treaty by putting in a formal request for withdrawal. Trump, a global warming skeptic, has criticized the agreement as a job killer.

In a statement, Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, said the president's decision not only relinquishes the country's role as a leader on climate action, but it will also have "devastating consequences" for human health.

“Climate change is already harming human health, and the effects are only expected to worsen with time,” Benjamin said. “A changing climate threatens food supplies, water systems and air quality and contributes to the spread of infectious disease.”

The Outdoor Industry Association was equally critical, with the group releases statements from the CEOs of several member companies expressing their displeasure.

“Climate change is having an adverse impact on our planet, our population and our societies,” Columbia Sportswear CEO Tim Boyle said. “It is disappointing that the Trump administration has chosen to actually begin withdrawing from a global accord with such importance to our future.”