The We are Still In coalition will be showcasing U.S. climate action in their pavilion at COP23, taking place now through Nov. 17 in Bonn, Germany. Climate leaders from the U.S. hope to demonstrate their resolve to keep America a global frontrunner in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, despite the federal government’s announced intention to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.
The pavilion is the first of its kind and is being sponsored exclusively by non-federal U.S. actors. Bloomberg Philanthropies has provided support for the activities of the U.S. Climate Action Center along with others, such as NextGen America. The pavilion will host a full roster of events beginning Thursday, Nov. 9, and provide space for exhibitions from a wide range of organizations throughout its duration.
A Republican elected leader, Native American tribes, five counties and 213 churches and congregations have signed the We Are Still In declaration. Prominent signatories include; Republican Mayor Jim Brainard of Carmel, Indiana; the Cathedral of Hope United Church of Christ in Dallas Texas; and the National Indian Gaming Association, among others.
The aggregate climate actions of We Are Still In signatories and other non-federal U.S. actors are being quantified through America’s Pledge, an initiative spearheaded by UN Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change Michael Bloomberg and California Gov. Jerry Brown. The first phase of their analysis will be unveiled at the U.S. Climate Action Center on Saturday, Nov. 11.
A large and varied delegation of climate leaders representing state governors, mayors and council members, campuses, and businesses and investors will be traveling to Bonn. A complete schedule of events can be found here, and some highlights are included below:
America’s Pledge report launch, featuring Mike Bloomberg and Governor Jerry Brown (Nov. 11)
A Panel on Climate Impacts and Resiliency featuring US mayors and Senators(Nov. 11)
A Governors’ Panel: organized by the Climate Action Registry, Climate Action Reserve, and Georgetown (Nov. 14)
A Business Showcase (Nov. 15)
The We Are Still In declaration has grown to encompass a bipartisan group of signatories in all 50 U.S. states since its launch on June 5 following President Trump’s announced intent to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. Its membership represents $6.2 trillion of the U.S. economy and is comprised of nine states, 252 cities and counties, 1,780 businesses and investors, 339 colleges and universities, 213 communities of faith that include multiple religions and other sectors. With the most recent signatories, We Are Still In now represents over 130 million Americans or approximately 40 percent of the U.S. population.
“It’s critical for the world to know that the U.S. will continue to lead on climate change--and that we can fulfill our Paris commitments even without help from Washington. By pitching a big tent in Bonn, we are providing space for American mayors, governors and business leaders to collaborate with their counterparts around the world. In the U.S., progress on climate change has always been driven from the ground up, not the top down--and that’s what we’ll emphasize in Bonn,”said Michael Bloomberg, UN Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change.
Photo: Michael R. Bloomberg and Governor Jerry Brown, co-chairs of America’s Pledge