California governor plans to host 2018 global climate summit

by Antonio Miles July 9, 2017, 0:44
California governor plans to host 2018 global climate summit

"That is why we're having the Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, September 2018", Brown said.

The announcement came on the eve of the scheduled summit in the northern German city by G20, which includes major economies of the world.

To be held ahead of the 24th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 24), the summit in San Francisco, a city in Northern California, will be the first time a US state hosts an worldwide climate change conference with the direct goal of supporting the Paris Agreement.

The announcement comes amid a flurry of climate-focused activity by the four-term Democrat, who is using his remaining months in office to draw deepening contrasts with Trump and the federal government on the need to act swiftly on climate change. "California's economy and America's economy are boosted by following the Paris agreement", Brown said after Trump's withdrawal from a pact with almost 200 counties, putting the U.S.in the company of Syria and Nicaragua.

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Most recently, Brown has traveled to China as America's unofficial climate ambassador, the newspaper reported.

Brown's climate conference will feature representatives of subnational governments, businesses, investors, musicians and others to highlight action to fight global warming and to "spur deeper commitment" from national governments. Former United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres, who introduced Brown to festival-goers as "a stubborn optimist from a surprising country", says the global meeting will send a strong message that the president is not speaking on behalf of all Americans, most of whom believe climate change poses real threats to everyone on the planet.

"We remain committed to environmental sustainability, which is one of our four top priorities", said Mayor Ken Rosenberg. "California will resist because his effort is misguided".

Since President Trump declared that the USA intends to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, Brown has been using his status as the governor of the most populous state - and world's sixth-largest economy - to negotiate directly with foreign governments, including China and Canada, on climate policies. "It's not going to change climate change policy in America, and it's not going to change Donald Trump's mind". At the state Capitol, he is in the middle of hard negotiations with the Democratic-dominated Legislature to extend the cap and trade system, which is seen as central to meeting the state's ambitious greenhouse-gas reduction goals.


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