Statement: Paris Senate Delegation on Earth Day

April 22, 2016

SACRAMENTO - The California State Senate delegation to the 2015 Paris, France, United Nations Framework on Climate Change Conference of Parties released the following statement commemorating the national holiday of Earth Day.

Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills), Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), and Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) said:

“Earth Day is our annual reminder that the clock is ticking and time is short for us to preserve a livable planet for future generations. Make no mistake: Earth will be just fine. This planet has evolved and adapted to extreme geological changes for eons.  Rather, it is humanity and the integrity of our ecosystems – the conditions that allow us and other living beings to thrive – that are at stake.

“Fortunately, there is still hope. Through strategic policy innovation and the ingenuity of our private sector, California has demonstrated a path forward for a more prosperous and sustainable future. We have shown that reducing the carbon intensity of our economy is not at odds with wealth creation and economic growth. World leaders have taken note, and as nations of the world move to implement the Paris Accords, they will draw lessons from our success.

“We must continue to accelerate the pace and ambition of our policies and investments to support the monumental economic and technological transition necessary to avoid catastrophic climate impacts. The California State Senate is committed to finding creative and effective solutions that protect our most vulnerable communities while also mobilizing global markets to address this existential threat to humanity.”

Read about the Senate delegation’s participation in the Paris UN climate talks here: