Guardian US today launched 100 Days to Save the Earth, a special series focused on the implications of US withdrawal from the Paris accord, which is slated for 100 days from today. The project, which counts down to the impending withdrawal on November 4, will explore the wide-ranging impacts of the climate emergency and the exceptional stakes of the 2020 election.
The series launched with an animated countdown clock on the Guardian US homepage, which will be supplemented with a daily fact about the climate crisis and an editorial series. The launch also features an explainer about what's at stake, a Q&A on why leaving the Paris accord matters, and an opinion piece by former Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon critiquing President Trump's decision to leave the agreement.
100 Days to Save the Earth will focus on people of color and vulnerable communities across the globe, who are uniquely at risk from the dangers of a heating planet. It will examine Joe Biden's proposals to tackle climate change and whether his plans are sufficient. During Climate Week in September, the series will elevate the voices of young people whose entire futures will be shaped by the crisis and the world's response to it. In partnership with Covering Climate Now and other leading outlets, first-time youth voters will be invited to guest-edit Guardian US on September 21.
Jane Spencer, Deputy Editor and Head of Strategy at Guardian US said:
"We want to keep the climate crisis at the center of the 2020 election conversation. The climate emergency intersects with so many critical issues at stake-from racial justice to public health to economic growth. The coming election is a referendum on whether the US will do its part to take collective responsibility for the future of the planet."
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