Join us at UN Climate Talks in New York
In late September world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution.
I and several other representatives of the Pacific Coast Collaborative will be there to share our West Coast effort to grow the clean economy and reduce climate pollution.
Through the PCC the governors of California, Oregon, Washington and the premier of British Columbia have agreed to collaborative action to promote market based mechanisms for reducing GHG emissions and innovative mechanisms for building more resilient, sustainable and efficiently financed infrastructure.
Once the UN talks are over it really falls on jurisdictions to go beyond talking and take concrete action to achieve climate pollution reduction goals.
At the PCC session on Sept. 24th you will hear directly from staff leads from CA, OR and WA who are at the front lines of delivering these results. In addition, industry representatives, and leading climate and conservation firms EKO, CH2MHill and The Nature Conservancy who will talk about how they are making progress in such areas as achieving energy efficiency, putting a price on carbon emissions, stimulating advanced transportation options and building climate-resilient infrastructure for water and energy.
Click here to view the event invitation. We’d love to see you there.
For Oregonians who can’t make it to the New York events you may be interested in participating in the Portland Peoples Climate March on Sunday, September 21st.
Creating an Economy that Works
The economy is not a force of Nature or an act of God. It is a human-made construct. We invented it and we can reinvent it. We can make the transition to an innovative, resilient clean economy.
In fact, such bold innovation and reinvention is in our American cultural DNA. We did it when we harnessed the power of oil in 1859. We did it during the Industrial Revolution when we created mass production. We did it after the Great Depression when we built the Hoover Dam and the Golden Gate Bridge. And we did it when we tapped the creativity of the space race to develop myriad new products and companies.
It is time to do it again, to lean into creating an economy that will simultaneously increase prosperity for our people, reinvigorate the American Dream, and restore the environment. This is the greatest challenge and opportunity of our lifetime.