At a 19 Feb. 2021 webinar, American climate leaders from many spheres of influence announced the launching of America Is All In. They talked of the climate actions that have occurred at the subnational level (cities, states, towns) during the last four years, and they projected the climate actions that will occur, now reinforced by federal engagement and with America having rejoined the Paris Climate Accord.
Speakers at the 19 Feb. 2021 America Is All In webinar included
• Michael R. Bloomberg, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Climate Ambition and Solutions, Founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies
• John Kerry, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate
• Gina McCarthy, White House National Climate Advisor
• Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington, 2017 co-founder of U.S. Climate Alliance
• Vi Lyles, Mayor, Charlotte, North Carolina
• Lloyd Dean, CEO, CommonSpirit Health
• Other speakers include representatives from tribal nations, higher education, and faith institutions
Note: The co-chairs of America Is All In are Bloomberg, Inslee, Dean, and Lyles
My notes from that webinar meeting:
|Despite the last four years of the administration reversing climate action, others stepped in: states, cities, and groups such as his (Bloomberg Philanthropy) stepping in.
Biden assembled a good team: Kerry, McCarthy, and others.
Partnerships between cities and states and the federal government. Good to have Biden’s administration in—for he has acted big and fast, and he has assembled a great team. But we can’t take our foot off the electric pedal.
– Thanks to Michael Bloomberg for his climate leadership.
– Inslee is very pleased to have Gina McCarthy talking about federal government engagement in climate action.
– Modernization of our transportation and tech rollout and greening it is key.
– The federal government can help through regulatory structures.
– Investment in R & D, and we’ll need Congress to help finance that.
– Committed to healthy people on a healthy planet.
– There is an unbreakable connection between the health of people and the health of our planet.
– Environmental sustainability is key to health. We as providers must strive for healthy communities. Ladies and gentlemen, this is our moment. We must reach out and together engage to bring about demonstrable results.
Vi Lyles, representing the mayors of America’s cities and towns.
– Careers in clean energy
– Walkable, bikeable cities
-Cities committing to low carbon.
– Infrastructure building.
Fawn Sharp (President Quinalt Indian Nation and President of the National American Indian Federation [Note: This last title may have been incorrectly recorded.]
Note: I was interrupted during Sharp’s presentation, so I was unable to notate her talk.
Ruth Ivory Moore (of the faith community)
Faith communities are on the front lines of people affected by climate change. They bring hope. They also realize that climate change polices have taken on a partisan tone. The faith community helps to bridge those divides.
Mark Mitsui (Portland Community College)
Universities and colleges are all in. Research is needed for tech breakthroughs (electric, wind, solar), engineers to make them, technicians to work them. Along with investment in research, we also need to invest in the people who will be working them. Community colleges affect local decisions.
Katie Fallon (McDonald’s Corporation
McDonald’s is proud to be in the America is All In coalition. McDonald’s serves the equivalent of 1% of the world’s population a day.
McDonald’s is using science discoveries in its food supply origin and chain, and its committing to measures that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. They’ve brought on board biodiversity experts to gather biodiversity choices for fish and coffee, and they’ve established strong partnerships.
Mayor Broome (mayor of Baton Rouge, LA)
Here in Baton Rouge, we’re having to adjust to this new reality. Lots more rain, which acts like a shower on steroids. We’re having to build more resilient structures and more drainage systems. We’re working at managing stormwater runoff, developing transportation upgrades and green infrastructure upgrades, and we’re building permeable streets and sidewalks.
Gina McCarthy: the first White House National Climate Advisor
McCarthy thanked Bloomberg for his tremendous leadership in climate. She said that he and others kept us on climate work and gave us hope and kept us innovating and continuing to hope during the last four years. Looking at 2020, clean energy is winning all over the place and providing jobs. Now, as the Biden administration is in, the federal government can learn from what cities and states have done. Now we can act nationally and internationally with strength and speed.
McCarthy is running a government department that is about bringing people together (cities, states, federal) to work together to benefit people, not just to make a healthy planet but to provide jobs while doing it. We have many ways to make progress, and now we have the full breadth of the federal government joined in the effort.
Secretary John Kerry, U.N. Special Envoy on Climate
– Kerry had just left the G7 meeting, and at the meeting climate action was discussed.
– Four years ago, many thought that one word, “Trump,” would doom climate action, but a big grass roots revolution came about, kept alive by cities, states. Now, thirteen states plus Puerto Rico and 165 cities have committed to clean energy.
Phil Caduto, mayor of Pittsburgh
[Note: I was unable to record Caduto’s comments.]