DECLARATION OF COUNTY CLIMATE COALITION AFFIRMING COUNTIES’ COMMITMENT TO THE PARIS CLIMATE ACCORD, 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 Accord (“Paris Accord”), 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 Accord 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 Accord 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 Accord 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 Accord and urges the federal government to adhere to its emissions reduction commitments under the Paris Accord. Regardless of whether the United States ultimately withdraws from the Paris Accord, the undersigned local governments intend to continue working toward meeting the United States’ commitment under the Paris Accord 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.
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
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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