Hawaii has become the first state to enact legislation aligned with the Paris climate agreement after President Trump announced his decision to withdraw the U.S. from the deal last week.
Gov. David Ige (D) announced he signed two bills into law Tuesday that line up with the Paris accord, according to ABC News.
“Together, we can directly contribute to the global agenda of achieving a more resilient and sustainable Island Earth,” the governor said in a statement. “The Hawaii State Legislature understands the importance of taking action, and I applaud its work this session to ensure that we continue to deliver the island Earth that we want to leave to our children.”
One bill “expands strategies and mechanisms to reduce greenhouse gas emissions statewide,” ABC News noted, while the other one seeks to “identify agricultural and aquacultural practices to improve soil health and promote carbon sequestration – the capture and long-term storage of atmospheric carbon dioxide to mitigate climate change.”
Former President Barack Obama on Tuesday criticized Trump’s decision, adding that he believes the accord still has a shot to survive.
“Obviously I’m disappointed with the current American administration decision to put out of Paris,” Obama said during a speech at the Montreal Chamber of Commerce, according to The Associated Press. “We’re going to have to act with more urgency. I’m looking forward to the United States being a leader and not just on the sidelines going forward,” he added.