During the discussion — which included California Gov. Jerry Brown
; Philippe Couillard
, the premier of Québec; Stephen Badger
, chairman of the board of Mars; Jay Inslee
, governor of Washington; and David Ige
, the governor of Hawaii — panelists explored how government and corporate leadership on climate are already making a difference, and why global partnerships are key to accelerating jobs, prosperity, and innovation.
“At a time of significant geopolitical shifts and changes in U.S. leadership, there is a clear opportunity for subnational governments and business to step forward and lead,” said Esty, the Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and Yale Law School, and director of the Center for Environmental Law and Policy.
Climate Week NYC, which coincides annually with the UN General Assembly, provides a forum for international leaders from business, government, and civil society to highlight global climate action.
Many states, cities, and businesses have committed to implement climate policies and are supporting international initiatives such as the Renewable Energy 100 commitment (RE100) and the “We Are Still In
” campaign, which now includes more than 2,300 entities.