State Senate Joins Gonzalez Fletcher Resolution to Commit to Paris Climate Agreement
AJR 20 Also Calls on Cities, States to Join Global Climate Change Effort
SACRAMENTO – (Thursday, September 7, 2017) – The California State Senate voted today to reaffirm California’s commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement, a vote that comes three months after the Trump administration’s reckless decision to withdraw from an accord aimed at protecting the planet from climate change.
The Senate approved Assembly Joint Resolution 20, authored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego), to declare that California will continue to lead in its efforts to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and fight global climate change while encouraging other state legislatures and cities in the nation to support and follow the Paris Agreement. AJR 20 also requests that the United Nations create a category for the recognition and participation of subnational jurisdictions like California whose parent countries are not part of or have withdrawn from the Paris Climate Agreement.
President Donald J. Trump announced on June 1 that the United States would be withdrawing from the climate agreement.
“Every week brings more evidence that climate change is real and poses a dire threat to our planet,” Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher said. “Even though the Trump administration chooses to bury its head in the sand, California chooses to lead.”
The Assembly passed AJR 20 on Aug. 30.
The Paris Climate Change Agreement is the most ambitious effort yet to combat climate change on a global scale. The agreement, which was negotiated by former President Barack Obama and announced in December 2015, binds the nations of the world—presently excluding only the United States, Syria and Nicaragua—to a set of specific goals to halt the effects of climate change. The agreement calls for policies that endeavor to limit the temperature rise to “well below” a rise of 2.0 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times, with a target of 1.5 degrees Celsius. The accord calls for the eventual of limiting greenhouse gas emissions from human activity to a level that trees, soil and oceans can absorb naturally between the middle and end of the century. Additionally, nations agreed to review their carbon reduction policies every five years, and wealthier nations agreed to help finance renewable energy and other climate change policies in developing nations.
For more information on Assembly Joint Resolution 20 or to schedule an interview with Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher, contact Alex Roth at (619) 228-3253.
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher represents California’s 80th Assembly District, located in southern San Diego County, including the cities of San Diego, Chula Vista, and National City. She serves as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Appropriations, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Women in the Workplace, and Vice Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus. For more information on Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher visit https://a80.asmdc.org/