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WWF statement on ‘America’s Pledge’

In response to Michael Bloomberg and Governor Brown’s effort to quantify the emissions reductions of America’s cities, states, colleges and businesses, World Wildlife Fund issued the following statement from Lou Leonard, senior vice president for climate change and energy.

“Good decision-making is built on good data. America’s cities, states, businesses and universities are already cutting emissions, reducing energy waste and building the clean economy. And, they are ready to do more.

“For the first time, thousands of mayors, governors, CEOs and university presidents are standing shoulder to shoulder and with a unified voice, declaring “we are still in.” In parallel, America’s Pledge will quantify emissions reductions from the bottom up, highlighting these vital and growing efforts on the world’s stage.”

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Background on We Are Still In:

More than 2,200 leaders from America’s city halls, state houses, boardrooms and college campuses, representing more than 127 million Americans and $6.2 trillion of the U.S. economy signed the We Are Still In declaration. The network came together four days after President Trump announced his intent to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement and has nearly doubled in just one month. Spanning red and blue regions across 50 states, its signatories demonstrate America’s enduring commitment to delivering on the promise of the Paris Agreement. To date, this is the largest cross section of the American economy yet assembled in pursuit of climate action.

Background on America’s Pledge:

America’s Pledge, an initiative spearheaded by Michael Bloomberg and Governor Jerry Brown, will compile and tally the climate actions of states, cities, colleges businesses and other local actors across the United States with a view to submitting to the United Nations a package of what non-federal actors can contribute to the global response to climate change.