A group of U.S. states, cities, businesses and universities have committed to battling climate change and following the Paris climate accord as U.S. President Donald Trump’s Administration is walking away from the accord.
The group, which is called “America’s Pledge,” is led by California Gov. Jerry Brown and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. America’s Pledge made the announcement after presenting a report in Germany during the 23rd U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP23), where hundreds of nations gathered to discuss global warming.
During the presentation, the group says it won’t be able to achieve the necessary cut in greenhouse gas emissions without some efforts from the federal level. “We cannot underscore strongly enough the critical nature of federal engagement to achieve the deep decarbonization goals the U.S. must undertake after 2025.”
“It is important for the world to know, the American government may have pulled out of the Paris agreement, but the American people are committed to its goals, and there is nothing Washington can do to stop us,” former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg said at a global climate meeting in Bonn, Germany.
U.S. states, cities and private groups have been taking considerable steps to reduce emissions by promoting renewable energy use and climate-friendly transportation systems.
Daniel Firger, one of the report’s contributors, said it was intended to show that many in the U.S. aren’t prepared to wait for Trump to change his mind on climate change again or wait for the next administration to tackle the issue.
As cities, groups and organizations get on board with fighting climate change, organization is more important than ever as federal support is not in the near future. Everyone has the potential to make a difference to trying to achieve the goals set out by the Paris Climate Accords.
Check out America’s Pledge to learn more and help your city and businesses get on board.