Under2 Coalition Governors and Mayors Issue Statement on U.S. Withdrawal From Paris Agreement
June 1, 2017
NEW YORK: The governors of California, New York, Oregon, and Washington, and mayors of Austin, Los Angeles, New York City, Oakland, Portland, Sacramento, San Francisco and Seattle, issued the following statement on behalf of the Under2 Coalition in response to the recent decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement.
“As United States governors and mayors, we oppose today’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement. The U.S. cannot address climate change on its own. Participation in the Paris Agreement, which includes nearly every country, ensures that the efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions already underway across America’s states and cities are part of a larger global effort. Withdrawal only undermines our efforts.
As members of the Under2 Coalition – a global pact of 170 jurisdictions in over 30 countries committed to limiting global average temperature increase to well below 2 degrees Celsius – we know that international cooperation on climate change works. We remain as committed as ever to working with our partners around the world to implement the Paris Agreement and achieve our shared goals. And we will continue to enlist like-minded cities, states, regions and countries to join in this fight.”
The Under2 Coalition is a global pact of 170 cities, states and countries representing more than one billion people and US$27.5 trillion in combined GDP – more than one-third of the global economy. Coalition members commit to limit greenhouse gas emissions to 2 tons per capita or 80-95% below 1990 levels by 2050. 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.