Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and California Governor Gavin Newson have announced a new partnership to advance “bold” climate action.
They have signed a memorandum of co-operation to tackle climate change, reduce pollution and plastic waste, accelerate the transition to zero-emission vehicles and build climate resilience.
Canada and California intend to share information and best practices and have agreed to convene other like-minded partners at the UN Climate Week in September to drive shared work on wildfires and forest resilience.
Mr Trudeau said: “Canadians and Californians share a commitment to building a clean, strong future.
“Today, as we launch a new partnership on climate action and nature protection, we’re teaming up to deliver the clean air, healthy environment and good jobs our citizens deserve. I look forward to everything we can do next to deepen our shared work.”
Keeping our air clean, protecting our nature, and growing our economies – that’s what the new partnership between Canada and California focuses on, and that’s what Governor @GavinNewsom and I are committed to. More on what we announced this morning: https://t.co/qXHGiXej7z pic.twitter.com/EF2pFcORq2
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) June 10, 2022
California already exceeded its 2020 climate target four years ahead of schedule and committed $47.1 billion (£38.7bn) to tackle pollution, build climate-resilient water supplies, reduce wildfires, ensure grid reliability and boost clean energy solutions.
Governor Newsom said: “We can’t fight the climate crisis on our own – we need to work together with partners all across the globe to achieve humanity’s most important task: saving our planet.
“This partnership with Canada is a vital step on California’s path to a cleaner, greener future and is the latest expression of our shared values. Together, we are building a more sustainable and resilient future for millions and lighting the path for other nations and nation-states to follow our lead.”