Yesterday (July 6) California Gov. Edmund Brown (D) announced that the state would host the Global Climate Action Summit in September 2018. The summit will support the Paris Climate Agreement and efforts to reduce climate change across the world, despite President Donald Trump’s (R) controversial announcement that US would pull out of the agreement.
Gov. Brown made the announcement via video at the Global Citizen Festival in Hamburg, Germany, on the eve of the G20 summit that Trump is attending. "It's up to you and it's up to me and tens of millions of other people to get it together to roll back the forces of carbonization and join together to combat the existential threat of climate change,” Brown said. "President Trump is trying to get out of the Paris Agreement, but he doesn't speak for the rest of America. We in California and in states all across America believe it's time to act, it's time to join together and that's why at this Climate Action Summit we're going to get it done."
The summit will be the first time a US state has hosted an international climate change conference with the direct goal of supporting the Paris Agreement, Brown’s office stated. It is the result of months of discussions between Brown and Christiana Figueres, former United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Currently she is the convener of Mission 2020 and Global Ambassador for the Under2 Coalition.
“Come join us—entrepreneurs, singers, musicians, mathematicians, professors, students—we need people that represent the whole world because this is about the whole world and the people who live here,” Brown said. “We have to do something and we can do it.”
The summit will bring together local and state-level governments, governors and investors and others from across the world to show the actions being taken around the world to reduce climate changes, like the rapid transition to solar and wind. It’s ambitions include getting deeper commitments to curb climate change from all parties, including national governments.
"The growing threat of climate change demands an immediate and unified global response," said Senate Leader Kevin de León (D), who also has helped the event get underway. "California remains committed to a clean energy future and we welcome the responsibility to lead on America's behalf. My colleagues in the Senate appreciate Governor Brown agreeing to hold this global summit and look forward to working with him to welcome our partners from around the world."Tweet