The Global Climate Action Summit will take place in September 2018 in San Francisco, California. The world’s climate leaders are coming together for an event that will be hosted by California Governor Gerry Brown. The summit will be attended by representatives from subnational governments, businesses, investors and civil society. The goal of the summit is to inspire increased global ambition to act on climate.
As explained by Gov. Brown’s office, “The Global Climate Action Summit will demonstrate the groundswell of innovative, ambitious climate action from leaders around the world — and will highlight the economic and environmental transition already underway. In doing so, the Summit will encourage progress at a critical moment that will take place at the United Nations Climate Change Conference later that year.”
Brown announced the summit via a video message at the Global Citizen Festival in Hamburg, Germany. “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,” he said. “That’s why we’re having the Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, September 2018.”
“I know President Trump is trying to get out of the Paris Agreement, but he doesn’t speak for the rest of America,” Brown went on to add. “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.”
Brown’s office said that the summit would represent the first time a U.S. state had “hosted an international climate change conference with the direct goal of supporting the Paris Agreement.”
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