Trump may have pulled the country from the Paris Climate Accord, but that didn’t stop California Governor Jerry Brown from fighting his own fight. On Tuesday, Brown was named special adviser to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, which will take place later this year. The appointment was made by Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama just two weeks after Trump announced the withdrawal of the U.S. from the 195-nation accord.
Brown has joined dozens of business executives, mayors and governors, each vowing to uphold the previous commitment made by America, despite the president’s decision.
Governor Brown has become a high-profile supporter of climate action on the world stage. He traveled to China last week and spoke with President Xi Jinping about climate change and signed bilateral climate deals. The California governor also hosted German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks in San Francisco. While together, Brown reaffirmed his state’s commitment to combating the effects of climate change. He promised to abide by the terms of the Paris agreement.
Brown will travel to Germany for the U.S. Conference – COP 23 – in November. He will be a special adviser for states and regions committed to fighting climate change. He will be joined at that conference by Oregon Governor Kate Brown (D) and Washington Governor Jay Inslee (D).
Bainimarama, the incoming president of the U.N. conference, said, “This decision has redoubled our commitment to forge a Grand Coalition that includes all levels of government, businesses and civil society, to take climate action forward with the urgency it deserves.” And Governor Brown said in a statement, “I look forward to taking the next step later this year with Governor Kate Brown and Governor Jay Inslee when we join Prime Minister Bainimarama in Bonn to show that states and regions will fulfill the Paris commitment.”
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Credit: The Hill