Statement from America Is All In Co-Chairs Michael Bloomberg, Jay Inslee, Lisa Jackson, Vi Lyles, and Gina McCarthy
The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) provided a historic opportunity to recognize the critical role local leaders play in reducing emissions, addressing climate risk, and supercharging national efforts to move further and faster on climate progress. The Local Climate Action Summit (LCAS) brought together over 500 mayors, governors, and local leaders from over 60 countries across six continents in Dubai to accelerate multilevel climate action and, for the first time, integrated local climate leadership into the COP program and process. During LCAS and throughout COP28, America Is All In was held up as a model of how subnational partners can both lead in the absence of national climate action and also accelerate their progress when the partnership with the federal government is strong.
When the curtain fell on COP28, the global community came together to state clearly that fossil fuels and super pollutants like methane need to be eliminated, that the future will run on renewable power, and that economic development will grow based on clean technologies. The final COP28 agreement is not the end of our work, but an important market signal and the beginning of a new era of climate action. We have our marching orders: tripling global renewable energy capacity by 2030, more public and private sector investments in the developing world, halting deforestation and land degradation, and giving every country - especially those in the Global South - a chance to build stable, secure clean energy economies. We are encouraged by the importance the agreement places on the views and experience of non-state actors at the ‘local, subnational, national and regional levels.’ Throughout this critical decade for climate action, America Is All In will ensure that the international community continues to hear from U.S. cities, states, tribal nations, businesses, and institutions that are leading the climate fight in their communities to build a more equitable future for all people. We’re eager to support the United States as it develops its 2035 climate goal, or nationally determined contribution to the Paris Agreement.