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Americans Still in the Game, says Californian Governor

Americans Still in the Game, says Californian Governor
Front from left: UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa, Michael Bloomberg, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and California Governor Jerry Brown at the American Pavilion in Bonn, Germany. Photo: DEPTFO News
November 13
12:52 2017

Governor of California Jerry Brown led the American Pledge to stand with the world in the fight against climate change at the American Pavilion in Bonn Zone.

He stood side by side with Prime Minister and President of COP23 Voreqe Bainimarama.

Mr Brown is also Mr Bainimarama’s Special Envoy for States and Regions. He was joined by the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change – the former Mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with American media mogul Michael Bloomberg in Bonn, Germany on November 11, 2017.  Photo: DEPTFO News

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with American media mogul Michael Bloomberg in Bonn, Germany on November 11, 2017.
Photo: DEPTFO News

With the American President Donald Trump’s announcement of pulling out of the Paris Agreement, the pledge by Mr Brown- the American Pledge was a strong reminder that with or without support from the White House, American people were ready to join the fight to save Planet Earth.

This was especially acknowledged by Mr Bainimarama who witnessed the pledge and address by Mr Brown.

California Governor Jerry Brown in Bonn, Germany. Photo: DEPTFO News

California Governor Jerry Brown in Bonn, Germany. Photo: DEPTFO News

“Friends, it is thanks to America’s Pledge that we are now seeing how much progress can be made with the leadership of these decision makers. They may be called non-state actors in this process. But make no mistake, they are leading actors in driving more ambitious climate action in their states and cities in the critical pre-2020 period.

From left: Former Californian Governor, climate activist and the ‘Terminator’ Arnold Schwarzenegger with Bonn City Mayor Ashok-Alexander Sridharan and Attorney-General and leader of the Fijian Delegation Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum in Bonn, Germany, on November 11, 2017. Photo: Office of the Attorney-General

From left: Former Californian Governor, climate activist and the ‘Terminator’ Arnold Schwarzenegger with Bonn City Mayor Ashok-Alexander Sridharan and Attorney-General and leader of the Fijian Delegation Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum in Bonn, Germany, on November 11, 2017. Photo: Office of the Attorney-General

“America’s Pledge sends a very powerful message to the world that America is still in the game. Around me today are Americans who have the interests of their fellow citizens at the forefront of their endeavours. And within the Grand Coalition, we are showing that we can assemble the power of ideas, the power of organisation and the power of political will.

“Our calling is to create a global movement of climate action far beyond the confines of the UN negotiations. Our Grand Coalition brings together people of conviction and purpose right across the world. From city halls, school halls and church halls. To state houses, corporate board rooms, factory floors and start-up hubs. And around kitchen tables or on rugs or mats, as in Fiji – everywhere, where ordinary families gather who are an essential part of our Grand Coalition.”

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with American media mogul Michael Bloomberg in Bonn, Germany. Photo: DEPTFO News

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with American media mogul Michael Bloomberg in Bonn, Germany. Photo: DEPTFO News

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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