Dec. 12 marks the five-year anniversary of the world coming together to sign on to the Paris Agreement and the City of Asheville is marking the moment by committing to a national mobilization for a clean energy economy and centering their own operations in pursuit of climate action. In doing so, Asheville joins over 1,000 leaders from local governments, businesses, universities, and other institutions across the country as part of the “America Is All In” multi-sector statement.
This multi-sector statement will be delivered to the incoming Biden-Harris administration, as well as to United Nations officials and global heads of state at the Climate Ambition Summit hosted by the United Kingdom, also on Dec. 12.
“The City of Asheville is pleased to continue upholding the support of the Paris Climate Agreement and the ‘America is All In’ declaration in Asheville’s commitment to reduce emissions; address climate change and climate justice efforts, and push for bold climate action in the United States,” said Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer
The “America Is All In” declaration is organized by We Are Still In, a coalition in support for climate action and a pledge to uphold the United States commitments to reduce emissions under the Paris Agreement. With more than 3,900 organizations and institutions across all sectors of the United States, these leaders represent over half of the national population, nearly two-thirds of the economy, and more than half of the country’s emissions. While the United States officially exited the Paris Agreement on Nov. 4, the incoming Biden-Harris administration has committed to reentering the unprecedented global agreement.
“Dec. 12 is more than an anniversary of an agreement, it represents a critical turning point for the future of U.S. and global climate action,” said Elan Strait, Director of US Climate Campaigns at World Wildlife Fund (WWF). “Nationally, we have stumbled in our leadership on climate action. But We Are Still In shows that there was a commitment to change in the United States that never faltered. Today’s statement from the City of Asheville and hundreds like them across the country sends a clear message that, moving forward, we need a unified national response to the climate crisis.”
To date, the new statement has been signed by cities across the United States including St. Louis, Milwaukee, and Washington, DC, Fortune 100 businesses including Intel, HP Inc., and McDonalds, and Commonwealth of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam.
View the statement and signatories at AmericaIsAllIn.com.