As Trump 'abdicates,' Climate Alliance picks up slack

Michael Bloomberg now serves as the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change.   Mark Wilson  Getty Images

Michael Bloomberg now serves as the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change. Mark Wilson Getty Images

Governor of California Jerry Brown and Michael Bloomberg announced yesterday the launch of the America's Pledge, which will allow USA states, cities and businesses to stay aligned with the Paris Agreement.

Donald Trump's trip to Paris might have made him reconsider his decision on the Paris Climate Accord.

Today, former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and California Governor Jerry Brown announced "America's Pledge,"a plan for cities and states to lead the way on cutting climate pollution 26 percent below 2005 levels by 2025".

Climate action will continue to happen in the US thanks to action by cities, states, businesses, and grassroots advocates, including the Sierra Club and our Beyond Coal and Ready For 100 Campaigns.

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Since the White House announcement of its intention to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, an unprecedented number of U.S. states, cities, businesses, and colleges and universities have reaffirmed their support for the Paris Agreement through collaborations including the "We Are Still In" declaration, the Climate Mayors coalition of cities, the U.S. Climate Alliance group of states, and others.

"America's Pledge" will collect and analyze climate change data collected by US states, cities and businesses across the USA who are still aligned with the Paris agreement. Through the America's Pledge initiative, Brown and Bloomberg will work to demonstrate continued climate leadership across USA society, and that subnational action can significantly reduce US greenhouse gas emissions at a time of limited federal leadership.

The overall goal of the Paris Agreement is to keep a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Since President Trump announced he will withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, over 1,400 US cities, states and businesses have stepped up to vow that they would do so independently of the federal government.

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"Something could happen with respect to the Paris accord, let's see what happens", said Trump, Xinhua reported.

Brown, a Democrat, and Bloomberg, a Republican-turned Independent, have both played an outsized role on the world stage when it comes to fighting global warming.

Brown argues that America's Pledge is representative of the Americans who want to move forward on emissions reduction. For example, Brown was recently named as a special advisor for states and regions ahead of this year's United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 23). Instead, the cities, states, and businesses - known in official United Nations parlance as "non-party stakeholders" - will join a registry known as the Non-State Actor Zone for Climate Action (NAZCA).

The 2012 plan sought to address climate change based on the U.N. Urban Environmental Accords and greenhouse-gas reduction targets set by SCAG. In 2016, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed over half a billion dollars.

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