A virtual roundtable with:
LT. GOVERNOR ELENI KOUNALAKIS - CALIFORNIA
MAYOR KENNEDY STEWART - VANCOUVER, BC
MAYOR TED WHEELER - PORTLAND, OREGON
Special appearance by: GOVERNOR JAY INSLEE - WASHINGTON
Moderated by: FORMER MAYOR GREGOR ROBERTSON - VANCOUVER, BC
The Pacific Coast of North America represents the world’s fifth largest economy, a thriving region of 55 million people with a combined GDP of $3 trillion. Through the Pacific Coast Collaborative (PCC), British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, California, and the cities of Vancouver BC, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Oakland, and Los Angeles are working together to build the low carbon economy of the future.
Our region has led the world on clean technology, zero emission transportation, green buildings, zero waste, low carbon agriculture, and smart sustainable cities. But it’s not enough.
The world has just ten years to prevent irreversible climate impacts beyond the 2-degree threshold. As some nations continue to struggle or reject climate leadership — regions, cities, communities and businesses are stepping up, nowhere more ambitiously than on the Pacific Coast of North America.
The global pandemic, economic downturn and now unprecedented climate fires on the west coast have created an extraordinary set of challenges and the opportunity to purposefully redirect resources and policy to solve them.
The decisions and actions by governments in the coming months are critical to rebooting the economy, turning the tide on the climate crisis, making society more just and equitable for all, and safeguarding public health.
This work must be combined with restorative justice — as BIPOC communities are disproportionately impacted by the devastating effects of climate change and the global pandemic.
Join us at Climate Week NYC 2020 to talk about these important issues.