California Governor Teaming with NY Mayor to Track Climate Progress

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

"In the US, emission levels are determined far more by cities, states, and businesses than they are by our federal government - and each of these groups is taking action because it's in their own best interest", said Michael Bloomberg, the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change.

"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", Michael Bloomberg, a United Nations special envoy for cities and climate change and coalition leader, said in a statement.

In November, Brown and Bloomberg, along with other US governors, mayors, and business leaders, will present the climate commitments of USA subnational and non-state actors at the COP23 climate conference in Bonn, Germany, and offer a set of best practices to help fellow signatories continue to cut greenhouse gas emissions. "We're already halfway there".

The American coalition now includes 227 cities and counties, nine states and about 1,650 businesses and investors. It has been created to inform Americans on state actions to address climate change, providing updates on the progress made to meet the Paris Agreement targets.

It's the latest effort by cities and states, and Brown in particular, to fight back against President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the global pact.

According to a letter to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres & Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Patricia Espinosa, less than 24 hours after Trump announced the United States' withdrawal from the climate agreement, Bloomberg met with French President Emmanuel Macron and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo at the Élysée Palace to reassure the world leaders that Americans are still committed to reaching the United States' climate goals.

The United States Climate Alliance, dedicated to upholding US commitments to the Paris Agreement on climate change, is making progress. Rather, the pledge aims to quantify, communicate and encourage climate action in the United States, as participants across the USA find new ways to work with the worldwide community and interact with global climate policy processes. It is an initiative to "compile and quantify the actions of states, cities and businesses" to make sure that their efforts to drawdown their greenhouse gas emissions remain ambitious and on track.

The America's Pledge coalition is working with the World Resources Institute and the Rocky Mountain Institute to quantify the impact of the sub-national pledges, though the exact mechanism for those measurements remains unclear.

"This agreement is less about the climate and more about the rest of the world gaining a financial advantage over the United States", Trump said.

  • Rogelio Becker