Staff Editorial: Mayor, other city officials show leadership on climate after Paris pullout

Muriel Bowser is the D.C. mayor. (Brian Kapur/The Current/February 2016)

Amid nationwide and global criticism of President Donald Trump’s move to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord, many U.S. cities and states have reaffirmed their support for the international agreement.

On Monday, Mayor Muriel Bowser signed an executive order that added the District to a growing list of American governments that intend to reduce carbon emissions and combat climate change.

“Our values didn’t change on Election Day,” Mayor Bowser said in a news release. “The effects of climate change are already here, and without proper planning and collaboration, they will be catastrophic. It is in the country’s best interest to take climate change seriously, and as the nation’s capital, we have a special obligation to create policies and implement programs that protect our environment.”

We agree. We appreciate the mayor’s prompt response to the president’s decision, and we’re glad that other elected officials — notably Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh and Attorney General Karl Racine — have also shown leadership on this important issue.