Yesterday was tough.

The news that Donald Trump plans to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement - a critical international attempt to stop catastrophic global warming - was a punch in the gut.

But we can't despair. We've just got to work harder.

Trump might not care about our planet or our children, but we haven't given up on our future. And no matter what comes out of Washington, we must continue to fight for climate action here in Rhode Island.

Just this week, the House passed net metering legislation I introduced that will put Rhode Islanders to work and significantly increase our wind and solar generation by allowing nonprofits, schools, churches and hospitals to transition from fossil fuels to renewables. And later today, we'll be voting on an extension of our Renewable Energy Growth program, championed by Rep. Deb Ruggiero, which will expand renewables even further.

So we can and must lead the way at the state level. That's why I believe that no matter what happens in Washington, Rhode Island should join local and state leaders around the country in taking a bold stand and maintaining our own commitment to the Paris accord.

Sign this petition to call on our state leaders to continue our participation in the Paris Climate Agreement:;

Thank you for your continued advocacy for a better future. We're not going anywhere.