San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg – Assist for the Paris Settlement

San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg indicators a decision in help of the Paris Settlement approved by the San Antonio Metropolis Council.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017, Worldwide Middle on the Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas.

Good morning. Thanks all for being right here.
I’ll say that I imagined today possibly two or three years in the past, and it is nearly surreal, nevertheless it’s very gratifying to be right here.
And I need to definitely thank my council colleagues, Ana Sandoval in district seven, Councilman Cruz Shaw district two, councilwoman Shirley Gonzales district 5, and councilman John Braveness in district 9 for being right here.
The council made a daring step on our first day in workplace collectively final Thursday to acknowledge the significance that San Antonio performs on the earth with regard to protecting our local weather clear and making ready ourselves for the change that is taking place to the local weather.
It was a daring step as a result of we all know that, sadly, environmental points turn out to be political points in a short time. However this council made a press release by telling our neighborhood, telling one another, telling our constituents and telling our households that with regards to science, with regards to environmental points and financial points, we’ll do what’s proper, even when the politics is not simple. So thanks to you all for supporting this.
And thanks, Jeff, for the introduction, and for all of the individuals who took a while out of their days to be right here. (four:22)
It is an honor to be with you all, environmental advocates, enterprise leaders.
As certainly one of my first duties in workplace, in signing this decision in help of the Paris local weather settlement and the Mayors’ Nationwide Local weather Motion Agenda that was authorized final week. Collectively, these actions present San Antonio’s dedication to a sustainable and business-friendly future rooted in values that shield public well being and make sure the safety of our navy installations.
As neighborhood leaders, it is our obligation to work collectively to develop actions and insurance policies that can make sure the resilience of our metropolis.
The Paris Local weather Motion settlement is a pledge inside the United Nations Framework Conference on Local weather Change addressing greenhouse gasoline emissions, mitigation, adoption and finance. The Settlement started with 196 representatives within the 21st Convention of Events in Paris, and was adopted by consensus on December 12, 2015. At the moment, 195 United Nations members have signed the Settlement, and 148 have ratified it, which represents greater than 80% of the world’s greenhouse gasoline emissions.
We acknowledge that the altering local weather has great implications for the liveability, competitiveness, and resilience of our communities. Native governments have a significant position to play in each advocating for federal laws and worldwide cooperation. (6:09)
So, along with the Workplace of Sustainability and Metro Well being, and with enterprise companions throughout this neighborhood, we’re dedicated to lowering greenhouse gasoline emissions by the SA Tomorrow Sustainability Plan, to supply a secure and wholesome surroundings, and a powerful economic system for our San Antonio residents.
And so I am very excited to be right here right this moment with so many individuals from completely different industries, completely different organizations, completely different components of our metropolis, to announce the signing, to ceremonially signal this decision, but additionally to indicate that this isn’t simply discuss for San Antonio. We’re getting began. There’s motion right this moment. (6:49)
And by working with CPS Power and UTSA, we discover the potential advantages and prices of adopting insurance policies and packages that promote the long-term objective of lowering greenhouse gasoline emissions, whereas maximizing financial and social advantages. I champion this partnership as do my colleagues, because it places San Antonio precisely the place it must be: main the struggle to arrange our communities for local weather change.
So, let’s be clear.
Environmental points and financial points go hand-in-hand. Let’s not give in to the false decisions that make us resolve one or the opposite. We perceive that right here in San Antonio. Local weather preparedness means a stronger economic system. It means creating jobs. It means resilience for our neighborhood, and it means we get to go away a greater metropolis for future generations.
So it is my nice honor to introduce now the CPS Power President and CEO, Paula Gold-Williams, who has an thrilling and unprecedented announcement to make about our partnership. Paula? (7:54)