The process of developing America's Pledge will also provide a roadmap for increased climate ambition from US states, cities, businesses and others, and will transparently demonstrate to the worldwide community how and in which ways these entities can help the USA deliver on its pledge under the Paris Agreement.
California's Governor Jerry Brown and Michael Bloomberg launched the "America's Pledge" initiative to compile and quantify the actions of federal states, cities and businesses in the U.S. to reduce their GHG emissions in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement.
Rather, the pledge aims to quantify, communicate and encourage climate action in the United States, as participants across the US find new ways to work with the worldwide community and interact with global climate policy processes.
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The "America's Pledge" initiative includes an analytical effort lead by the Rocky Mountain Institute and the World Resources Institute.
The United Nations' chief, António Guterres, said in a statement the plan to assess how US cities, states and others are contributing to slashing global greenhouse gas emissions was "welcome". "We're already halfway there".
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He added: "The American government may have pulled out of the Paris agreement but American society remains committed to it - and we will redouble our efforts to achieve its goals".
"The American government may have pulled out of the Paris agreement, but American society remains committed to it - and we will redouble our efforts to achieve its goals", Michael Bloomberg, a United Nations special envoy for cities and climate change and coalition leader, said in a statement. At the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany last Saturday, the European Union expressed support for the Paris agreement and criticized the USA for backing out - a move referred to as a "regrettable" by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. "Reducing emissions is good for the economy and good for public health".
Within hours of Trump's actions in early June, cities, states, and businesses announced their intention to stick with the Paris Accords, with more than 350 mayors pledging action, and numerous organizations and states also announcing their intentions via organizations such as We Are Still In. The goal of America's Pledge is to "raise the bar" and "expand the map" as more governments and companies make commitment to reduce their carbon emissions.
The initiative hopes to present their findings to the United Nations at a Bonn, Germany, climate meeting in November.
The 2012 plan sought to address climate change based on the U.N. Urban Environmental Accords and greenhouse-gas reduction targets set by SCAG.
"Although the focus right now is on the states and cities in the United States following the announcement by the new administration, the fact is that this is part of a movement of sub-national governments around the world to contribute to the global climate agenda", Nuttall said. In 2016, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed over half a billion dollars.
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