Los Angeles, Calif. – On March 12, Los Angeles County formally joined The Climate Reality Project’s initiative, County Climate Coalition (CCC), which supports the standards set forth in the 2015 Paris Agreement.
The County Climate Coalition is a project and partnership spearheaded by Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese and The Climate Reality Project, an organization founded by former Vice President Al Gore. By signing on to the County Climate Coalition, LA County agreed to continue working toward the United States’ commitments under the Paris Agreement by implementing results-oriented strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Gary Gero, chief sustainability officer of Los Angeles County, noted the importance of counties working together toward common goals, saying, “It is only through collective action that we will be able to address the challenges of a changing climate. Los Angeles is proud to join with other counties around the nation in this fight, and we encourage others to join us.”
“In the absence of leadership from the federal government, regional and local leadership on climate will be critical to meeting the promises the US made under the Paris Agreement,” said Ken Berlin, president and CEO of The Climate Reality Project. “Counties have an opportunity to make significant emissions reductions and be an important part of solving the climate crisis. We’re thrilled to see Los Angeles County join this incredible movement.”
The effort to bring Los Angeles County into the CCC was led by The Climate Reality Project: West Valley Chapter. Diana Weynand, WV Chapter Chair, said, “We are very excited that Los Angeles—the largest county in America—has joined the County Climate Coalition. Their leadership in the area of climate change and environmental justice will be a beacon for other counties throughout the country wanting to set policy that will support a sustainable future.”
Says Santa Clara Supervisor Dave Cortese, originating partner of the County Climate Coalition, “We ask other counties—large and small—to join us in the County Climate Coalition and use our collective impact to create better, safer, and healthier environments for our communities and our neighbors around the world.”
Los Angeles County becomes the 18th county to join the CCC and commits to continuing to combat climate change through renewable solar energy development, alternative community energy providers, enhanced waste diversion, environmentally friendly vehicles, reduction of water usage, and other local solutions. The efforts of the CCC aim to slow the dangerous pace of the climate crisis, while advancing environmental sustainability, protecting public health, leading innovation, and supporting a clean jobs economy.
Any county within the United States is welcome to join The Climate Reality Project County Climate Coalition. To learn more, go to: https://www.climaterealityproject.org/climatecoalition
Diana Weynand, West Valley CA Climate Reality Chapter Chair (818) 970-8785
Kate Varley, Marketing and Communications, Los Angeles Chapter (310-717-0817)
ABOUT THE CLIMATE REALITY PROJECT
Founded by Nobel Laureate and former US Vice President Al Gore, The Climate Reality Project is working to catalyze a global solution to the climate crisis by making urgent action a necessity across every level of society. With a global movement more than 5 million strong and a grassroots network of trained Climate Reality Leader activists, The Climate Reality Project is spreading the truth about the climate crisis and building popular support for clean energy solutions. For more information, visit www.climaterealityproject.org or follow us on Twitter at @ClimateReality.
ABOUT COUNTY CLIMATE COALITION
The County Climate Coalition is a project and partnership spearheaded by Vice President Al Gore through his Climate Reality Project along with Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese. Counties that join the Coalition agree to meet the United States commitment under the UN Paris Climate Accord through results-oriented strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.