Climate Declaration Represents 120 Million Americans and $6.2 Trillion of the U.S. Economy

Washington DC – Four Maine colleges have joined over 1,000 governors, mayors, businesses, investors, and colleges and universities from across the U.S. or with significant operations in the U.S., to declare their intent to continue to ensure the U.S. remains a global leader in reducing carbon emissions.

College of the Atlantic, Unity, Bates, and Bowdoin colleges and other signatories are sending a strong signal to the international community and the 194 other parties to the Paris Agreement about the continued commitment of the U.S. to ambitious action on climate change absent leadership at the federal level. In the aggregate, the signatories are delivering concrete emissions reductions that will help meet America’s emissions pledge under the Paris Agreement.

College of the Atlantic president Darron Collins ’92.College of the Atlantic president Darron Collins ’92.“Small communities, cities, and states, and responsible business partners have been, and must continue to be, the driving force behind adaptation to and mitigation of climate change,” said College of the Atlantic President Darron Collins ’92. “Working with students like ours at College of the Atlantic, and those at other colleges and universities, we will continue to make progress on our relationship with the environment through entrepreneurship, creativity, and cooperation.”

Signatories include leaders from 125 cities, 9 states, 902 businesses and investors, and 183 colleges and universities. Participating cities and states represent 120 million Americans and contribute $6.2 trillion to the U.S. economy, and include Oregon and cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Houston as well as smaller cities like Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Dubuque, Iowa.

A mixture of private universities, state schools and community colleges, both small and large, have added their institutions to the statement. In total the undersigned businesses and investors account for a total annual revenue of $1.4 trillion and include over 20 Fortune 500 companies, including Apple, eBay, Gap Inc., Google, Intel, Microsoft, and Nike, in addition to hundreds of small businesses, have also signed the statement.

The statement calls “The Trump administration’s announcement [one that] undermines a key pillar in the fight against climate change [and a move which is] out of step with what is happening in the United States.” The signers all understand that the Paris Agreement is a blueprint for job creation, stability and global prosperity and that accelerating the United States’ clean energy transition is an opportunity - not a liability - to create jobs, spur innovation, promote trade and ensure American competitiveness. By declaring that “we are still in,” the signatories are putting the best interests of their constituents, customers, students and communities first while assuring the rest of the world that American leadership on climate change extends well beyond the federal government.

In addition to this statement, since President Trump’s announcement to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, 211 Climate Mayors have adopted the Paris Agreement goals for their cities, 13 Governors have formed the bipartisan U.S. Climate Alliance, and 17 governors have released individual statements standing by Paris. Today’s statement embraces this rapidly growing movement of subnational and civil society leaders, by announcing that not only are these leaders stepping forward, they are stepping forward together.

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