STATEMENT BY THE NATURE CONSERVANCY REGARDING ANNOUNCEMENT TODAY ON U.S. CLIMATE ALLIANCE BY GOVERNORS BROWN, CUOMO AND INSLEE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 20, 2017
Albany, NY

CONTACT: Robin Stanton, The Nature Conservancy/Washington State, (425) 478-5641, rstanton@tnc.org

Today the state Governors who founded the U.S. Climate Alliance -- Govs. Jerry Brown of California, Andrew Cuomo of New York and Jay Inslee Washington -- affirmed their commitment to addressing the urgent threat of climate change, announcing the states of the U.S. Climate Alliance are on track to meet their share of the U.S. commitment under the Paris Agreement, that North Carolina is joining the Alliance, and that New York’s green bank for clean energy finance will go national.

The Nature Conservancy applauds these developments and the Alliance’s commitment to climate action and promoting U.S. leadership in fulfilling the promises of the Paris Climate Agreement. 

California Governor Jerry Brown, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo, Former Secretary of State John Kerry and Washington Governor Jay Inslee (l to r) gathered in New York to celebrate the progress of the US Climate Alliance and its interstate coordination on climate change action.

California Governor Jerry Brown, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo, Former Secretary of State John Kerry and Washington Governor Jay Inslee (l to r) gathered in New York to celebrate the progress of the US Climate Alliance and its interstate coordination on climate change action.

In June, 2017 Governors Brown, Cuomo and Inslee formed the U.S. Climate Alliance – a bipartisan coalition of states committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement. Since that time, more than a dozen states and Puerto Rico have joined. Today North Carolina joins this group, and together with the other members will engage in coordinated state actions to address the threats a changing climate pose to our economy, our communities, and natural systems.

“The U.S. Climate Alliance is an important initiative to maintain U.S. leadership on climate change, and we’re pleased to see the Alliance move forward in this effort," said Lynn Scarlett, The Nature Conservancy’s co-chief external affairs officer. “We congratulate North Carolina's Governor Roy Cooper in joining the Alliance, and we’re excited to see green banking expanding nationwide. Creating a low-carbon future, realizing significant emissions reductions, and promoting resilience are imperative to successfully meet the challenge posed by climate change. This initiative keeps us moving forward.”

Mike Stevens, state director for The Nature Conservancy in Washington, said, “Right now, the states have the opportunity to model for the nation and the world innovative actions to limit carbon, transition to cleaner energy, and prepare our communities for the conditions that come with a changing climate, including increased risks from fire and flooding. We must come together for solutions that work for all of our society--tribes, urban communities, farmers, industries and others that are already feeling the impacts of climate change. The Nature Conservancy is all in for this effort in Washington state. We’re proud to work with Gov. Inslee and our partners in other states to advance this work.”

States have shown tremendous leadership on climate change, and their work is essential to building a low-carbon future that promotes both clean air and economic prosperity. The Nature Conservancy continues to believe that climate change is the most urgent threat to our economy, our communities, and to nature itself, and looks forward to engaging with the U.S. Climate Alliance as their work unfolds. We will continue to work in the United States and around the world, with governments, businesses, and individuals as they take action to reduce carbon emissions, foster coastal resilience and adapt to impacts.

Banner photo by John Marshall