As the US formally rejoins the Paris Agreement, a coalition of communities, businesses and institutions will play critical role in supporting an ambitious new US climate target and mobilizing whole-of-society climate action.
To mark the United States’ return to the Paris Agreement, thousands of non-federal climate leaders have launched America is All In — a coalition to drive a society-wide mobilization for bold climate ambition to uphold the country’s commitment to domestic and international climate action. Already the most expansive coalition of US leaders ever assembled in support of climate action, America Is All In is led by Michael R. Bloomberg — the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Climate Ambition and Solutions; Washington Governor Jay Inslee; Vi Lyles, Mayor of Charlotte, NC; and CommonSpirit Health CEO Lloyd H. Dean.
“Over the last four years, Americans have continued pushing forward and cutting emissions, because they understand that fighting climate change strengthens our economy and protects people’s health. They’ve kept us on track to reach our Paris Agreement commitment; and with a strong partner in the White House, we can exceed it,” Bloomberg says. “We have a lot of work to do — and the more we support cities, states, businesses and climate leaders across the country, the faster we can make progress. That’s the goal of our new coalition, and we’re looking forward to working with the new administration to build on the progress we’ve made and accelerate it in the lead-up to the COP26 climate summit this November.”
America Is All In builds on the leadership shown by the nearly 5,000 cities, states, tribal nations, businesses and institutions of higher education, faith, healthcare and culture that rallied to keep the US on a path of climate progress during the Trump Administration. The coalition — which features over 1,100 business leaders including 3M, Allbirds, Amazon, Apple, Ben & Jerry’s, The Clorox Company, Danone North America, General Mills, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IKEA, Indigo Agriculture, Johnson & Johnson, Kohler, L’Oréal USA, Nestlé, PepsiCo, REI, Target, Unilever and Verizon, to name a few — will work with the federal government across sectors to bolster existing US climate goals and align them with science-based targets, accelerating institutional and regional climate action; and enabling the Biden-Harris administration to present an ambitious, new national target of reducing emissions at least 50 percent from a 2005 baseline by 2030.
In a signal of support for this all-of-society approach, America Is All In has reissued a declaration signed by its over 1,700 signatories, committing to prioritize climate action in their own operations and work to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.
“With the US back in the Paris Agreement, states and local governments are excited to partner with a President who has put climate and environmental justice at the core of his agenda,” Gov. Inslee said. “Together, we will take an all-hands-on-deck approach to build a clean energy future that creates good jobs for Americans, and invests in building a healthy future for communities that have borne the brunt of environmental and economic harms from fossil fuel pollution and climate change.”
America Is All In represents a merging and evolution of We Are Still In and America’s Pledge. Over the last four years, We Are Still In — coordinated through Ceres, Climate Nexus and World Wildlife Fund, with the support of over a dozen other NGOs — has united thousands of cities, states, tribal nations, companies, colleges, health, faith and cultural institutions committed to ambitious climate action. Meanwhile, America’s Pledge — a Bloomberg Philanthropies initiative co-led by the Rocky Mountain Institute and the University of Maryland Center for Global Sustainability, with significant contributions from the World Resources Institute — has quantified and reported on the actions of these leaders to drive down their greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement.
Learn more about America Is All In, and learn how your company or institution can take part, here.