Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Defying Trump, Jerry Brown to showcase American climate change efforts

Defying Trump, Jerry Brown to showcase American climate change efforts

Although individual states can not sign the Paris agreement, Brown has urged local government and state leaders to join together to show they are still on board with it.

Governor Jerry Brown of California and former mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg announced "America's Pledge" on Wednesday, an initiative aimed at keeping greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. cities, states, and businesses consistent with the goals outlined in the Paris climate agreement.

A coalition of U.S. states, cities and businesses have pledged to collaborate on efforts to drive down greenhouse gas emissions in a further signal of defiance against President Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement. Last week, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, which includes both Republican and Democratic mayors, adopted a series of resolutions that are far more assertive than federal climate policy, including a pledge supporting cities' adoption of 100 percent renewable energy by 2035.

This set of options, which will highlight the significant levers available to states, cities, and businesses to further reduce USA emissions, will serve as a playbook for enhanced ambition among US climate leaders who are committed to meeting America's commitments under the Paris Agreement.

Across America, states, cities, businesses, universities, and citizens are taking action to fight climate change, grow the economy, and protect public health.

Two of the nation's foremost environmental leaders just launched a new plan for the United States to fight climate change - with or without the federal government.

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The pledge will "provide a roadmap for increased climate ambition" over time, and offer a game plan to help organizations drive down their emissions.

The quantification effort launched on Wednesday, known as America's Pledge, aims to standardize reporting on emissions reductions and climate action from participating cities, states, and businesses, so that the U.N. - and other countries - can see how the United States is progressing on climate despite a federal plan. The two will share the data at this year's United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, held in Germany.

"The American government may have pulled out of the Paris Agreement, but American society remains committed to it - and we will redouble our efforts to achieve its goals", said Mr Bloomberg, a United Nations special envoy for cities and climate change.

First, state governments are not just acting for, and among, themselves, but they are essentially brokering worldwide treaties with foreign governments.

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