California Governor, Jerry Brown, surprised many of us around the world as he publicly announced to the world that California would host its own international summit regarding global climate change despite President Trump’s decision to not get involved just days before.
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In the video Brown released regarding his announcement, he made it clear that even with Trump’s decision to back out of the Paris Agreement, Trump doesn’t speak for the rest of Americans. “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 said.
Governor Jerry Brown along with governors from Washington and New York have come together to form a coalition named the US Climate Alliance which aims to unite American states to aggressively fight climate change. He has been named a special adviser to the UN’s next global climate meeting this November and has shown a deep commitment to the issue as he continues to travel around the world to discuss environmental policies with different leaders. The US Climate Alliance isn’t the only coalition he has formed to fight climate change, the governor has also formed a global group called Under2 Coalition which has the main focus of keeping temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius.
People have speculated the governor’s actions as he attends global meetings and forms nationwide and global coalitions, that he is working beyond his duties as a governor and serving instead as a world diplomat. However, his actions aren’t receiving much negativity since he is going against President Trump’s decision for a cause as terrifying and impactful as climate change. Trump has yet to respond to Governor Jerry Brown’s diplomacy, but it’s evident Brown isn’t going to give up. Earlier this week he was quoted as saying, “Despite rejection in Washington, California is all in. We are fully committed to the Under2 Coalition and the Paris Agreement.” The international summit hosted by California is set to take place in September 2018.