The Global Climate Action Summit
Leaders from across the globe met in San Francisco to step up their actions to meet our climate goals.
The Global Climate Action Summit marked the midpoint between the historic signing of the Paris Agreement in 2015—which vowed to limit global temperature rise to no more than 2 degrees Celsius—and its next scheduled step in 2020, when countries will bolster their commitments. Hoping to recapture the same ambitious spirit of the Paris Agreement, the summit allowed leaders to share their successes so far—and then announce new initiatives that raise the bar. Organizers expected the Global Climate Action Summit to be the biggest climate event ever held in the United States.
NRDC played a key role in developing the summit’s robust programming, which was split into five key challenge areas—healthy energy systems, inclusive economic growth, sustainable communities, land and ocean stewardship, and transformative climate investments—and featured hundreds of affiliate events. Just prior to the summit, activists also took to the streets, both in San Francisco and in sister cities around the world, for the Peoples Climate Movement—mobilized marches in support of “climate, jobs, and justice.” Organizers positioned the rallies to demand bold action from leaders.
The historic summit’s message was loud and clear: Americans and the rest of the world are still firmly in the Paris Agreement—and accelerating action to help solve our greatest global crisis.
The number of people that will suffer a decline in living standards if climate change is not addressed. That’s half the population of South Asia.
The expected number of electric taxis to be used in the Medellín, Colombia, by 2020. Medellín was one of 12 new cities to join the C40 Green & Healthy Streets (Fossil Fuel Free Streets) Declaration during the Global Climate Action Summit.
With the addition of 10 new members announced at the Global Climate Action Summit, the Powering Past Coal Alliance—a group committed to phasing out coal power—is now up to 74 members.
Summit Puts Us on the March to Stronger Climate Action
The Global Climate Action Summit set the stage for countries to strengthen their targets by 2020 and to help build momentum for other actors to ensure that we are a safer climate trajectory.
The Message from Last Week’s Climate Summit Is Clear
In San Francisco, leaders made unprecedented commitments to fighting global climate change, invigorating the movement, and sending a strong signal to President Trump that, despite his efforts, he won’t stop our progress.
Climate Leaders Made History Last Week
Here’s why we left the Global Climate Action Summit feeling hopeful.
U.S. Air Pollution Is “Completely Outrageous”
Business, health, and government leaders from around the country and around the world gathered last week to step up their fight against the harms of climate change. It's time for President Trump to do the same.
Tracking Climate Commitments from the Global Climate Action Summit
Leaders from around the world are gathering in San Francisco right now for the largest climate event ever held in the United States. Here are all the pledges made so far.
Super Week for Curbing HFC Super Pollutants at Global Summit
To fill the void in Washington, D.C., NRDC is working with states and industry for fast action on HFCs.
Global Climate Action Summit: More Feast, Less Food Waste
At the Global Climate Action Summit, a group of state leaders and city mayors from around the world, representatives from food businesses, and innovation financers joined together to discuss the climate opportunity of minimizing food waste.
Putting a Human Face on India’s Climate Progress
From embracing clean energy to improving waste management, these Indians are working to curb climate change—and ensure a cleaner, healthier future for their children.
Northam Puts Virginia's Climate Action into Gear
At the Global Climate Action Summit, Governor Northam announced that the state would take steps to tackle pollution from Virginia’s transportation sector as well as the state's acidifying ocean.
We’re Better Than This
As Trump backs away from the climate fight, leaders gathered at the Global Climate Action Summit are taking the reins.
Trump’s EPA Casts Aside Critical Climate Plan
Trump administration’s latest move to dismantle the landmark Clean Power Plan is a betrayal to our children, our nation, and our planet.
Stepping Up Climate Action at the California Global Summit
California and other states, provinces, and cities have been moving forward with real climate action. Here's a snippet of all the exciting news and events to expect at the Global Climate Action Summit.
California Makes a Clean Break—from Carbon Pollution
What does it mean for a state that’s bigger and wealthier than many countries to commit itself to clean energy? It could end up meaning the world.
The Paris Agreement’s Next Act, Now in San Francisco
NRDC is working to help make the Global Climate Action Summit a success by inspiring more ambitious commitments to the historic 2015 agreement and enhanced pollution-slashing initiatives.
California to Host Major Global Climate Summit in 2018
On the eve of the G20 Summit in Germany, California is once again making international waves by announcing plans to host a major global climate summit in fall 2018.
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