Saturday, 18 November, 2017

Brown and Bloomberg Launch "America's Pledge"; New Initiative on Climate Change

Climate Council calls for action Brown and Bloomberg Launch "America's Pledge"; New Initiative on Climate Change
Laurie Berry | 14 July, 2017, 19:41

This time, he's teaming up with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to launch "America's Pledge", an initiative to compile all of the climate change-fighting commitments of states, cities, businesses and universities in one place where they can be easily tracked and shared.

Building on this positive momentum, the America's Pledge initiative will for the first time aggregate the commitments of these and other "non-Party actors" in a report on the full range of climate-related activities across the whole of USA society.

The announcement comes as California's Democratic governor leads efforts to push back against President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, a 2015 deal made among almost 200 nations that committed each country to lowering greenhouse gas emissions. Trump's departure from the Paris agreement may long roil the worldwide diplomatic community, but the parties behind Bloomberg and Brown's plan hope to develop a playbook for emissions reductions that will help the USA meet its climate change agreements - whether or not it is a signatory to that treaty.

Colorado governor John Hickenlooper on Tuesday signed an executive order under which the state will aim to cut greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by at least 26% from 2005 levels by 2025, reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the electricity sector by 25% by 2025 and 35% by 2030 from 2012 levels, and achieve electricity savings of 2% of total electricity sales per year by 2020.

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"In the USA, 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. Bloomberg's foundation has spent more than $100 million on climate initiatives.

Still, last month in an effort to fill a climate leadership void, Bloomberg, a United Nations envoy on cities and climate change, committed $200 million to support city initiatives including projects to combat global warming through a grant program called the American Cities Initiative. "We're already halfway there".

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.

America's Pledge joins subnational climate collaborations, including the "We Are Still In" declaration, the "Climate Mayors" coalition of cities and the "US Climate Alliance" group of states, set up since President Donald Trump's announcement of the US' withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. Meanwhile, Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-Independent Bloomberg has taken on a role as the United Nations' envoy for cities and climate change. "If the federal government insists on abdicating leadership on this issue, it will be up to the American people to step forward - and in Virginia we are doing just that". In 2016, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed over half a billion dollars.

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