From California to Cape Town, from Oslo to the Solomon Islands — local and regional leaders around the world are stepping up their game to fight climate change. Cities will be decisive in limiting global warming.
Although the Paris Climate Agreement was signed by national governments, mayors and regional leaders are increasingly taking the lead in implementing measures to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit).
At the forefront of this effort is an alliance of cities, states and businesses from the United States. After President Donald Trump announced in June he would withdraw the US from the Paris Climate Agreement, mayors, governors, university professors and CEOs from across the country have publicly confirmed their commitment to the international climate deal.
At the UN climate conference in Bonn, the coalition under the banner America’s Pledge: We Are Still In has published a report outlining the scale of their action to fulfill the goals set out under Paris Climate Agreement: to reduce emissions by 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.
Although these alternative US climate commitments are not an official part of the Paris Agreement, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is spearheading the America’s Pledge initiative together with California’s Governor Jerry Brown, says he hopes the international community accepts this pledge alongside the nationally determined contributions of other countries.
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