FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday, January 30, 2017
Contact: Governor’s Press Office
Governor Brown Welcomes Mexican and Australian States to Under2 Climate Coalition
SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today welcomed the states of Aguascalientes, Mexico and Victoria, Australia to the Under2 Coalition – the global pact among cities, states and countries to limit the increase in global average temperature to below 2 degrees Celsius, the level of potentially catastrophic consequences.
“California will continue to join with leaders across the globe – including our partners in Mexico – to stop climate pollution,” said Governor Brown.
With the addition of today’s signatories, the Under2 Coalition has now grown to 167 jurisdictions representing more than one billion people and $25.9 trillion in combined GDP – more than one-third of the global economy.
Victoria is Australia’s second most populous state, includes the city of Melbourne and covers nearly 90,000 square miles. Aguascalientes is located in north-central Mexico and is home to more than 1 million people. Aguascalientes Governor Martín Orozco Sandoval signed the pact during a meeting today with Governor Brown.
Image: Governor Brown and Governor Orozco Sandoval
The Under2 Coalition, the collective of governments who have signed or endorsed the Under2 MOU, was formed in 2015 by the states of California and Baden-Württemberg, Germany to mobilize and galvanize bold climate action from like-minded city, state and regional governments around the globe. Coalition members pledge to limit greenhouse gas emissions to 2 tons per capita or 80-95 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.
Later today, the state of Aguascalientes will also sign an agreement with the California Energy Commission to cooperate on clean energy programs and policies, including energy efficiency, renewable energy development and grid integration, low and zero-emission vehicles and clean energy technology.