Paris is Burning

Social media heats up as Trump pulls US out of climate accord

On Saturday, before the covfefe ruckus, president Donald Trump tweeted a nebulous statement announcing his forthcoming announcement about whether or not the U.S. remains in the Paris climate accord. If the U.S. leaves, it will join Nicaragua and Syria as the three countries not in the treaty.

Immediately, people took to social media to react. Paris climate accord, which had just 1,323 posts the day before Trump’s tweet, rose to 8,007 posts on Saturday. Top hashtags concerned the environmental implications of the U.S. pulling out of the paris climate accord as a global leader, including #changeclimatechange, #environment, and #g7.

Between Saturday and today, people continued the discussion about the paris climate accord. Influential technology leaders like Elon Musk weighed in, tweeting on May 31 that he would leave Trump’s advisory council if Trump pulls out of the treaty. While the world waited with bated breath, Trump provided his decision today at 3pm ET. Surrounded by flowers at the White House Rose Garden, Trump said, “We’re getting out. But we will start to negotiate and see if we can get a better deal. If we can, great. If we can’t, that’s fine.” Bolstering American job competitiveness, a theme he hung on to since he started campaigning for the presidential election, was cited as one of the reasons to leave the treaty.

Immediately, the topic trended on Twitter and Instagram. As of 5:45pm ET, the topic reached 180,921 posts, rising from 78,036 posts the day before.

Focusing on today, conversation rose by more than 500 percent around 3pm, when Trump made the announcement.

Sentiment on the Paris climate accord was highly negative — 36 percent of posts were negative, compared to the 6 percent positive posts.

Top hashtags discussed the breaking announcement. The hashtag #ActOnClimate was used more than #MAGA, indicating that more people voiced support to remain in the treaty.

 

Shortly after the announcement, Musk tweeted his decision to leave. “Climate change is real,” he tweeted. Other influential tweets came from Michael Del Moro, who tweeted a graphic showing the countries that are and are not committed to the treaty.

On Instagram, people posted graphics and photos of nature to express their concern about Trump’s decision.

The conversation on social media is heating up as quickly as the earth. Using HelioSight enables us to derive insight on trending topics in real-time.

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