You gotta hand it to California Governor Edmund “Jerry” Brown – he is not letting President Donald J. Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accords keep him from seizing the mantle of climate leadership. And now he’s taking his show on the road, announcing by video message at the Global Citizen Festival in Hamburg, Germany that the State of California will convene the world’s climate leaders in San Francisco, California in September 2018 for the Global Climate Action Summit.
“It’s up to you and it’s up to me and tens of millions of other people to get it together to roll back the forces of carbonization and join together to combat the existential threat of Climate Change,” Brown told the assembled crowd. “That is why we’re having the Climate Action Summit in San Francisco in September 2018.”
“President Trump is trying to get out of the Paris Agreement, but he doesn’t speak for the rest of America,” Brown added. “We in California and in states all across America believe it’s time to act, it’s time to join together and that’s why at this Climate Action Summit we’re going to get it done.”
For Brown to be featured at The Global Citizen Festival is significant. The event was attended by thousands of people and put him on equal footing with other international leaders who spoke at festival, including Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri.
The Global Climate Action Summit will attempt to bring together representatives from subnational governments, businesses, investors and civil society to let the world know that despite official U.S. policy, the world believes in the threat of Climate Change and will fight hard to make sure serious action is taken to curb it.
The summit, which will be held ahead of the 24th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 24), will mark the first time a U.S. state has hosted an international climate change conference with the direct goal of supporting the Paris Agreement.