California Governor Jerry Brown and Michael Bloomberg Launch "America's Pledge"

Meat is tempting to many but costs the atmosphere a heavy price. Image William Cho CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Meat is tempting to many but costs the atmosphere a heavy price. Image William Cho CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Although individual states can not sign the Paris agreement, Brown has urged local government and state leaders to join together to show they are still on board with it.

The group, led by Governor Jerry Brown of California and Mr Michael Bloomberg, a former NY mayor, plans to work with outside experts to measure the effects of their pledges, and to announce an early tally at a United Nations climate conference this year.

"America's Pledge", as the plan has been dubbed, comes a month after the White House announced it was leaving the 2015 Paris accord agreed by almost 200 countries to curb climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions.

Now, those cities, states, and businesses - collectively called the We Are Still In coalition - are taking that promise one step further, announcing Wednesday that they will measure their emissions reductions and present a compilation of existing sub-national climate commitments to the United Nations at this year's climate conference in Bonn.

The latest moves from U.S. states, cities and businesses came as Trump took a state visit to France to meet the country's recently elected President Emmanuel Macron this week.

Under the Paris deal, former President Barack Obama's administration had vowed to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.

Two of the nation's foremost environmental leaders just launched a new plan for the USA to fight climate change - with or without the federal government.

Almost 300 mayors, representing 60 million Americans, have also committed to adopt, honor, and uphold the Paris Climate Agreement by becoming Climate Mayors. The two leaders are disagree on climate policy, with Macron a vocal supporter of the Paris Agreement who has openly criticised the Trump's decision to back out of the accord.

Commissioned by Brown and Bloomberg, the Rocky Mountain Institute and the World Resources Institute will jointly lead an inclusive analytical effort supporting America's Pledge, with involvement by a broad set of stakeholders to be announced later this year.

Finally, the America's Pledge will present a game plan for raising the bar and expanding the map when it comes to non-Party actors driving down US emissions.

The United Nations' chief, António Guterres, said in a statement the plan to assess how US cities, states and others are contributing to slashing global greenhouse gas emissions was "welcome".

"To see states and cities in the US and territories and regions around the globe align their ambition and plans with the aims of the Paris agreement is nearly unprecedented in the history of U.N. environmental treaties", Nick Nuttall, director of communications and outreach for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) told ThinkProgress. The organization focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: Arts, Education, Environment, Government Innovation and Public Health.

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