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Hours after President Trump announced the US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, a group of 61 mayors committed their cities to “adopt, honor, and uphold the commitments to the goals enshrined in the Paris Agreement.” That number is still rising and now tops 200 cities, home to over 54 million Americans. The We Are Still In group also includes commitments from hundreds of businesses, individuals, and colleges and universities.
In a similar vein, 13 states have joined together in the US Climate Alliance, “a coalition that will convene U.S. states committed to upholding the Paris Climate Agreement and taking aggressive action on climate change.” They join states in the Under2MOU agreement and states that have – via legislation or executive order – already committed to emissions reductions in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement.
Cities and states are natural leaders when it comes to addressing climate change. For them, the transition to a low-carbon economy pays off not only in terms of protection from future climate change but also in terms of health, economic opportunity, and equity. When communities work thoughtfully to reduce emissions, they engage in “multisolving,” becoming better versions of themselves by making improvement in multiple areas with a single investment. Read our article about these opportunities here.
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Our tracking method and assumptions:
- Cities: We are showing (red dots) the cities and towns who have joined the Climate Mayors or We Are Still In.
- Counties: We are showing (pink dots) the counties who have joined We Are Still In.
- Colleges and Universities: We are showing (blue dots) those who have signed on with We Are Still In and those who signed the letter as part of the Ivy Plus group.
- Tribes: Tribes are shown with yellow dots. We are relying on this news report.
- States: We are including states that are part of either the Under2 MOU or the US Climate Alliance (red shading). We also have included states (orange shading) who have either legislation or executive orders with pledges that are ‘in line’ with the Paris Agreement. For the purposes of this map we are defining ‘in line’ with the Paris Agreement as having an emissions trajectory where emissions reductions in 2025 are greater than, equal to, or no less than 5% weaker than the US NDC in the Paris Agreement. Our data on state goals comes from a list maintained by C2ES.
(Please note that with new cities and universities joining into various Paris aligned groups, we are doing our best to keep the map updated. )