With less than a month to go until the meeting of nations in Paris to negotiate new targets for climate change, leaders in California are planning and refining their strategies. Most of the delegations to the UN conference will be international heads of states, but with its deep bench of climate leaders, California’s coalition includes members from both business and government.
What makes California’s inclusion at the conference so unique, is its inclusion of delegates form all levels of government. Lawmakers, mayors, and the current and former governor will all attend. Spearheaded by Governor Brown and businessman Tom Steyer, the delegates are signing onto a memo pledging to “share California’s success stories with world leaders and to urge other business leaders to support similar efforts.”
These actions echo the leadership of local and state officials throughout the country who are planning similar efforts. Last Friday, leaders in Los Angeles came together from across the faith, community, health, higher education, and business sectors for Climate Day LA, and drafted a similar pledge that will be taken to Paris. Local leadership is where climate solutions are advanced. Find out more, and pledge your support, by visiting Path to Positive Communities.
In the wonky world of climate change, California’s presence at the United Nations summit in Paris next month is expected to be a star-studded affair.
There will be an actual movie star, former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who jump-started some of the state’s most ambitious efforts to slow global warming. Also in the mix is Tom Steyer, the billionaire Bay Area environmental activist who has bankrolled political campaigns around the country.
And there is the official state delegation led by Gov. Jerry Brown, who has sought to make the battle against climate change a central part of his legacy.