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The Atlanta City Council Stands in Full Support of the Paris Climate Accord

Post Date:06/07/2017 12:57 PM

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Council Communications
Atlanta City Hall
55 Trinity Ave. S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30303

CONTACT:
Phyllis Jackson
Press Secretary – Council Communications
(404) 546-1476/ (470) 532-9675
phljackson@atlantaga.gov

 

June 6, 2017

The Atlanta City Council Stands in Full Support of the Paris Climate Accord

ATLANTA – Atlanta City Councilmember Natalyn Archibong introduced a resolution cementing the City Council’s stance on the Paris Climate Accord. The resolution, which received overwhelming support, expresses commitment to the agreement, which strives to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 2035.

“Atlanta should continue to lead our state and region and commit to doing our part in reaching the goals set in the Paris Agreement by reducing our emissions, seeking cleaner energy sources, and working with our corporate partners in protecting our future,” said Councilmember Archibong.

The general goal of the Paris Climate Accord is to limit the rise of global temperatures and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Each country is given freedom to create its own individual plan to meet those objectives. In addition, the United States pledged $3 billion to the Green Climate Fund, which helps developing countries set up and mitigate practices that aid in the fight against climate change. According to the EPA’s 2014 data, the top carbon dioxide emitters globally were China, followed by the United States and the European Union.

“The effects of climate change are experienced worldwide,” said Councilmember Archibong. “Therefore, collective action is required to prevent irreparable environmental degradation.” The council encourages the development of initiatives that protect the environment and reduce our carbon footprint.

Last week, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed joined more than 100 U.S. mayors when he announced that Atlanta remains committed to the Paris Climate agreement, despite President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the accord. The United States now joins Syria and Nicaragua as the only countries not participating in the agreement.

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