A wave of U.S. climate leadership is answering the global call to action to combat the climate crisis. Cities, states, and communities across the U.S. are executing bold, ambitious plans to reduce national emissions, even in the absence of federal leadership. This rapidly expanding coalition is showing the world that the transition toward a transformed, clean economy generates opportunities and extensive benefits for economies, communities, and ecosystems.
U.S. states, cities, tribes, businesses, communities of faith, universities, and others are already making a difference in U.S. emissions — and are on track to deliver even more. U.S. emissions declined in recent years in part due to state, city, and business actions. While 2018 saw an uptick in total U.S. GHG emissions due to a combination of factors, steps taken by actors outside the federal government are generating growing momentum toward aggregate emission reductions. These steps, whether individually small or large, are helping the U.S. advance towards its targets under the Paris Agreement.
Cities, states, and businesses are America’s climate innovators, deploying bottom-up solutions for the global climate crisis and working with legislatures, city councils, and corporate boards to set new, science-based commitments and accelerate our clean-energy economy transition.