City Affirms Commitment to Fight Climate Change

City of Olympia
Date of Release: June 02, 2017

Kellie Purce Braseth
Strategic Communications Director

City Affirms Commitment to Fight Climate Change

City of Olympia reaffirms commitment to global efforts against climate change

The City of Olympia is highly disappointed in the decision of the Trump Administration to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.  The City was proud to participate in the Paris Climate Summit and remains strongly committed to the global effort against climate change.

In 2015, the City joined the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy.  In doing so, Olympia joined with more than 7,000 other cities all around the world committing to bold action on climate change.

The decision by the Trump Administration only strengthens our resolve that leadership must continue to come from local communities.   

“We strongly believe that Olympia must do its part in the fight against climate change, and that now, more than ever, we must show leadership,” said Mayor Cheryl Selby.   “We look forward to engaging with our community in this important effort.  We will not quit.”

For its part, the Olympia City Council has formally adopted a goal to reduce our community greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050.  Based on scientific research, this is what is necessary to hold global warming under 2 degrees Celsius and to avoid the most severe, and irreversible, impacts of climate change.

Building on its many existing efforts, the City is moving forward in 2018 to develop a climate action plan that will be a roadmap to achieving our greenhouse gas reduction goals.