Pacific Coast governments sign a new partnership recommitting to climate action.
- October 11, 2022
- Posted by: Sinead Sprigg
- Category: Corporate, Environmental, Water Issues, North America
California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia have signed a new partnership recommitting the Pacific Coastal region of North America to climate action.
The Statement of Cooperation (SOC) promotes collaboration on
- accelerating the transition to a low-carbon economy;
- investing in climate infrastructure, such as electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and a clean-electricity grid;
- and protecting communities from climate effects, such as drought, wildfire, heat waves and sea-level changes.
The SOC includes a major focus on equity, ensuring no communities are left behind in the transition to a low-carbon future.
Representatives from San Francisco, California, Washington and British Columbia came together to continue to strengthen regional approaches and connections to help move essential climate work further and faster.
“In California, we punch above our weight when it comes to climate action – but our actions can only do so much without the rest of the world at our side. The Pacific Coast is raising the bar for tackling the climate crisis while also ensuring every community is included in our efforts. The West will continue to lead the way toward a carbon-free future that supports our economy, our people and our planet,” California Governor, Gavin Newsom said.
This new agreement reaffirms the region’s commitments to decarbonize their economies by moving towards green energy, as well as protecting communities from climate-driven occurrences such as wildfires and droughts.
The Pacific Coast of North America represents 57 million people with a combined GDP of $3.5 trillion. Through the Pacific Coast Collaborative, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, California, and the cities of Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Oakland and Los Angeles are working together to build the low carbon economy of the future. They aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at least 80% by 2050.
Read the SOC in its entirety here.