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    County Climate Coalition

    Download the County Climate Coalition toolkit

    County Climate Coalition

    Download the County Climate Coalition toolkit
    ABOUT THE COALITION

    The County Climate Coalition was started June 2017 by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, under the leadership of then-President Dave Cortese, to encourage other Counties to commit to uphold the United Nations Paris Agreement. The County joined with The Climate Reality Project to engage other Counties to make the same commitment and join the County Climate Coalition.

    DECLARATION OF COUNTY CLIMATE COALITION AFFIRMING COUNTIES’ COMMITMENT TO THE PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT, ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY, AND COMBATING CLIMATE CHANGE

    Consensus exists among the world’s leading climate scientists that we could face a major global climate crisis caused by increasing greenhouse gas emissions, with rising sea levels and melting ice sheets just some of the many impacts that could create increasingly unpredictable and unhealthy living environments as we approach a dangerous threshold of global warming.  Documented impacts of global warming include but are not limited to increased occurrences of extreme weather events, significant impacts to human health and safety, destruction of ecosystems, and reduced economic productivity.

    In 2015, 195 countries and governments agreed to the United Nations Paris Climate Agreement (“Paris Agreement”), a historic international agreement aimed at reducing carbon emissions, slowing rising global temperatures, and helping countries deal with the effects of climate change.  Signatories to the Paris Agreement committed to enact programs and policies to limit global temperature increase to well-below two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, with efforts to keep it to one and a half degrees.  The United States ratified the Paris Agreement on September 3, 2016 and committed to its own target of reducing carbon emissions by 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. 

    On June 1, 2017, President Trump announced his intention to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement despite the dire consequences of the planet’s rising temperatures and opposition from communities across the country and world.  The United States’ withdrawal could result in an additional three billion tons of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere each year, and an additional increase of as much as 0.3 degrees Celsius in global temperatures by end of the century.

    The County Climate Coalition takes sharp exception to President Trump’s unilateral intention to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement and urges the federal government to adhere to its emissions reduction commitments under the Paris Agreement.  Regardless of whether the United States ultimately withdraws from the Paris Agreement, the undersigned local governments intend to continue working toward meeting the United States’ commitment under the Paris Agreement through results-oriented strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  By combating climate change through renewable solar energy development, alternative community energy providers, enhanced waste diversion, environmentally friendly vehicles, reduction of water usage, and other local solutions, the undersigned local governments will continue their efforts to slow the dangerous pace of global warming while advancing environmental sustainability, protecting public health, and leading innovation. 

    DOWNLOAD THE COUNTY CLIMATE COALITION: CAMPAIGN TOOLKIT

    The climate clock is ticking. Temperatures keep rising. Storms keep getting stronger. And scientists say we’ve got to slash fossil fuel emissions by 2030 to avoid the worst.

    That’s why nearly 200 countries are working to cut emissions and fight climate change through the historic Paris Agreement. But now the Trump Administration won’t honor our commitments and wants the US out of the agreement altogether.

    The good news: We don’t need the White House to act. Through the County Climate Coalition, US county governments are stepping up to lead the climate fight and ensure the US keeps its Paris promises. Together, they’re bringing real climate solutions to communities from coast to coast and cutting emissions in a big way.

    What’s behind this movement? Everyday people like you. Americans who want a safe future for their families and for the Earth, pushing county governments to act now. If you’re ready to join them, read on.

    STOP! Before moving forward with any work or communication associated with the County Climate Coalition, including contacting county officials, we ask that you contact our dedicated campaign organizers through chapters@climatereality.com. It is essential that we are aware of any county communication as we must ensure that we are in compliance with the laws in those counties and/or states. Additionally, we always ask that you thoroughly research your county, state, and city lobbying laws. It is important that you are certain you understand what constitutes lobbying in your jurisdiction. You should never attempt to register or report yourself, your chapter, or Climate Reality’s lobbying activity. Email chapters@climatereality.com if you have any questions about your city, county, and state laws.

     

     
    COUNTIES THAT HAVE JOINED THE COALITION

    Santa Clara County, California Charles County, Maryland San Miguel County, Colorado Gilpin County, Colorado San Mateo County, California Summit County, Utah Contra Costa County, California Essex County, New Jersey Marin County, California Alameda County, California Santa Barbara County, California Taos County, NM Humboldt County, CA Washtenaw County, MI Union County, NJ Pima County, AZ Denver County, CO Ulster County, NY Boulder County, CO Los Angeles County, CA Lake County, IL Maui County, HI Albany County, NY

    The list is growing. ...

    ​SUPPORTERS​

    Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter 350 Silicon Valley Santa Barbara County, CA Board of Supervisors Chair Joan Hartmann Knox County, TN Commissioner Evelyn Gill Marin County, CA Board of Supervisors President Judy Arnold Albany County, NY Legislator William Reinhardt Lane County, OR Commissioner Pete Sorenson Adams County, CO Board of Commissioners Chair Eva Henry Ramsey County, MN Commissioner Victoria A. Reinhardt Nevada County, CA Supervisor Heidi Hall City of Boulder, CO Councilor Aaron Brockett San Francisco State University Assistant Professor Eric Mar Local Power Inc. President Paul Fenn City of Dallas Council Member Philip Kingston Sonoma County, CA Regional Climate Protection Authority Coordinator Carolyn Glanton  Carbon Free Silicon Valley Carbon Free Mountain View Dorothy Wong, Councilmember Altadena Town Council Susan Keber, Trustee, East Hampton Town Trust City of San Luis Obispo ​Hayley Edmonston, Climate Resiliency Fellow at Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District