Thursday, June 15, 2017

Seattle Pledges Support for Climate Fund Barred by Trump

Council resolution goes beyond backing emissions reductions, recognising the need to honor the financial commitments made by the US.

Seattle councillor: “If the US government and Donald Trump aren’t going to take climate change seriously, cities and states will join together at to step up."(Photo Credit: Rattlhed) Click to Enlarge.
The US city of Seattle council has voted unanimously to do its part to fill a $2bn hole left in the UN’s primary climate fund by president Donald Trump.

In a resolution passed on Monday, councillors pledged to “uphold its portion of the United States’ former commitment to the Paris climate accord”.

This included a commitment for the city to take the lead on “supporting the Green Climate Fund [GCF]”, to which Trump said the federal government would no longer give money.

The Seattle resolution appears to be unique in its support for the fund.  Hundreds of state and local government entities have come forward in recent weeks to restate their own commitment to the Paris deal, including some that have passed official laws or statements.  But most have focused on emissions reductions, rather than the obligations of rich countries to the world’s poor.

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