This Week in Communities & Climate – June 3-9

Each week we share the stories that shouldn’t be missed. Local climate leaders, the latest in community climate action, and new climate research are all featured to highlight the good news coming out of cities. These are the top stories of the past week:


Nearly 275 cities (as well as a dozen states and a multitude of businesses and universities) have pledged to move forward with the commitments of the Paris Agreement, regardless of Trump’s decision to withdraw.

Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski spoke to CBC news about why her city is honoring the Paris Agreement.

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, a climate advocate, bristled at a line from the President’s speech in which Trump stated he “was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.”

In response, Mayor Peduto and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo wrote an op-ed for the New York Times affirming their cities’ solidarity on the climate issue.

Meanwhile, the European Union is seeking allies among U.S. cities and states to help keep the Agreement on track.

In other news, Paris and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group have launched a new initiative that brings together cities, businesses, and innovators to design data-based climate solutions.


We’re very excited about the second annual Climate Day LA on June 27. Presented by ecoAmerica, Climate Resolve, KCRW, FORM, and IHEARTCOMIX in support of our Path to Positive LA initiative, this full-day event is designed to both celebrate and inspire local climate leadership. The day begins with a free conference featuring interactive panels with rising and established leaders, including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Jackie Dupont-Walker of the AME Church, and NextGen Climate’s Tom Steyer. Next is a sunset benefit gala with an exclusive performance by award-winning musical artist Moby, followed by an evening concert featuring musical guests Neon Indian and Weyes Blood. RSVP for the conference and purchase your gala and concert tickets here.


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