Although the federal government has pulled out of the Paris Climate Accords, it has not stopped cities and governors across our country from doing what they can to address the climate challenge.
The U.S. Climate Alliance is a bipartisan coalition of 25 governors committed to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement. They are actively working in their states to implement policies that aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. You can check here to see if your governor is a member. Whether your governor participates or not, he or she might like to receive a handwritten note of praise or encouragement from you to join. Why not?
“We’ll build and strengthen relationships around the world to protect the planet from devastating climate risks. The world cannot wait — and neither will we.”
There are 438 U.S. mayors who have joined the 1,066 global members of the Climate Mayors Coalition. They also have committed to the Paris Agreements and are pursuing any number of actions that will help reduce carbon emissions in their cities. Is your mayor a member? If not, why not encourage her or him to join with a handwritten note?
Their statement says in part: “We’ll build and strengthen relationships around the world to protect the planet from devastating climate risks. The world cannot wait — and neither will we.”
Meeting the UN's Goals
The powerful stance of the U.S. Climate Alliance and the Climate Mayors coalition succeed in furthering three UN Sustainable Development Goals:
Goal #11: Sustainable Cities and Communities | Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
Goal #13: Climate Change | Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
Goal #17: Partnership for the Goals | Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.
This is the third in a series of Stories of Hope for the Easter Season prepared by the Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation committee of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield (JPIC). Every story demonstrates a success in meeting one or more of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and provides a glimpse into the world that is possible.
Watch for a new story each week throughout the Easter Season. Read all the stories as they appear here.