Bloomberg, Politicians, Businesses Submit Pledge: "We Are Still In" on Paris Climate Agreement
"The current administration may have pulled out of Paris, but the American people are all-in," said John Kerry in a statement.
Media mogul and former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg submitted a "statement of unity" Monday from hundreds of mayors, governors, CEOs and university presidents pledging to "achieve and eventually exceed" America’s commitment to the Paris climate change agreement. The letter was entitled "We Are Still In" and is a response to President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the Paris accord, which has been met with much backlash and controversy from politicians, business investors and others.
"The Trump administration's announcement undermines a key pillar in the fight against climate change and damages the world's ability to avoid the most dangerous and costly effects of climate change. Importantly, it is also out of step with what is happening in the United States," reads the letter, which says that in the "absence of leadership from Washington, the undersigned are ready to take action. "Actions by each group will multiply and accelerate in the years ahead, no matter what policies Washington may adopt."
The letter was signed by companies such as Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, Yahoo and more. Mayors from cities like Los Angeles, New York City, Boston, Atlanta and Houston also signed the document, as did governors and university presidents. The letter was addressed jointly to the U.N. secretary general and the executive secretary to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
"Today, on behalf of an unprecedented collection of U.S. cities, states, businesses and other organizations, I am communicating to the United Nations and the global community that American society remains committed to achieving the emission reductions we pledged to make in Paris in 2015," said Bloomberg in a press release. "I am confident the broad array of leaders and organizations that have signed today’s declaration, and many others that will join in the days to come, will work together to reduce U.S. carbon emissions by 26 percent by 2025, just as we had pledged in Paris. These groups will take vigorous and ambitious actions to address climate change, and we will communicate those actions in a transparent and accountable way to the U.N. The United States can, and will, meet its commitment under the Paris Agreement."
Former secretary of state John Kerry also released a statement, saying "I have been arguing and it absolutely bears repeating: the current Administration may have pulled out of Paris, but the American people are all-in. The United States will meet its commitment." Kerry continued, "This is only the start and I will have more to announce shortly, but make no mistake, the United States will continue to lead in the global fight against climate change."
UNFCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa said her organization "welcomes the determination and commitment from such a wealth and array of cities, states, businesses and other groups in the United States to fast forward climate action and emissions reductions in support of the Paris Climate Change Agreement."
Last week, Bloomberg said that his organization, Bloomberg Philanthropies, along with a group of partners, had offered to donate up to $15 million to the United Nations to make up for what the UNFCC stands to lose now that the U.S. federal government has withdrawn its support.