In an effort to protest President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord, local officials across the nation declared their commitment to saving the environment by illuminating buildings and structures in green.
On Thursday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) tweeted a photo of the Kosciuszko Bridge, glowing in green light:
One World Trade Center and New York City Hall were also bathed in green to “honor the goals of the #ParisAgreement,” Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) stated on Twitter.
The Wilson Building in Washington, D.C., turned green “in honor of D.C.’s continued commitment to the #ParisAgreement #ClimateMayors,” tweeted Mayor Muriel Bowser (D).
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh (D) also tweeted a photo of City Hall colored with green lights:
The mayors were among 61 city leaders who co-signed an angry letter in the wake of Trump’s decision that the U.S. would no longer be a part of the 190-nation agreement to battle climate change. The mayors vowed to follow the principles of the accord, declaring: “The world cannot wait and neither will we.”
The governors of California, New York and Washington also formed a coalition to organize other states to take aggressive action in combating climate change.
The show of unity extended to other major cities around the world, with Mexico City, Montreal and Paris all bathing buildings and monuments in green light. Many of the lights used in the protest were energy-efficient LEDs: