NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham took part in President Joe Biden’s Leaders Summit on Climate Thursday. During the two-day virtual gathering, world leaders and representatives of coalitions, cities, states and indigenous communities will discuss efforts to tackle the climate crisis.
The governor was part of a panel discussion hosted by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan. During the panel, she talked about what the state is doing to combat climate change. “We can show innovation. We can set incredibly ambitious standards. We can require accountability and leadership in making sure we are addressing climate change in a comprehensive fashion,” said Lujan Grisham.
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Thursday morning, Biden committed to cutting U.S. fossil fuel emissions up to 52% by 2030. The Biden administration’s pledge requires the most ambitious U.S. climate effort ever undertaken, nearly doubling the reductions that the Obama administration had committed to in the landmark 2015 Paris climate accord.
“Meeting this moment is about more than preserving our planet,” Biden declared Thursday Morning. “It’s about providing a better future for all of us,” he said, calling it “a moment of peril but a moment of opportunity.”
Ither participants during the panel discussion included Mayor Anne Hidalgo of Paris; Gov. Tamilisai Soundararajan of Telangana, India; President Fawn Sharp of the National Congress of American Indians; Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum of Mexico City; President Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim of the Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad; Mayor LaToya Cantrell of New Orleans, La.; Gov. Yuriko Koike of Tokyo; and Sineia Bezerra do Vale of the Indigenous Council of Roraima.
Lujan Grisham was the only American governor to take part in the summit.