On The Radio – Linn County joins national coalition committed to Paris Climate Agreement


Cedar Rapids is one of four major cities in Iowa that has pledged its support of the Paris Climate Agreement. (National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine)

This week’s On The Radio discusses how Linn County supervisors voted unanimously to join the We Are Still In coalition.

Jenna Ladd| August 14, 2017

Transcript: Linn County recently pledged its support for the Paris Climate Accord.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

Despite President Trump’s plan to withdraw from the international climate agreement, more than 1,200 mayors, governors, college and university leaders, businesses, and investors have formed a coalition committed to combating climate change. The group is called the We Are Still In Coalition and makes up more than $6 trillion of the U.S. economy.

The Linn County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously last month to join Iowa City, Johnson County, Des Moines and Fairfield in their effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 28 percent by 2025. Grinnell College, Iowa State University, Coe College and the University of Iowa are all members of the coalition.

Following the board’s vote, local officials, environmental experts and businesses including PepsiCo’s Quaker Oats of Cedar Rapids discussed plans for continued climate action.

For more information visit iowa-environmental-focus-dot-org. From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Betsy Stone.

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