Sierra Club Statement on International Climate Accord

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Maggie Kao, 202-675-2384 or


Washington, D.C. -- Last night, The New York Times reported that President Obama will seek to negotiate an international climate accord in lieu of a treaty that would require U.S. Congressional ratification. The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon will hold a climate summit in New York City next month with heads of state from around the world to discuss commitments in advance of U.N. climate negotiations in Paris next year.


In response, Michael Brune, Sierra Club Executive Director, issued the following statement:


“For the millions of families in America and the billions more around the world who are facing the devastating effects of the climate crisis today, the precise legal form of a global climate deal is not the key issue.


“What’s most important is that we as a nation do our part to push for strong international action against the climate crisis and act now, at home, to cut life-threatening climate pollution.  Our goals as a global community should meet the significant challenge presented by the climate crisis. Our children deserve nothing less.


“Reaching a global climate deal that commits all countries to act, including China and India, is in our core national economic and national security interests.  It is well within the President's foreign policy powers to negotiate such a deal, and that is why thousands of concerned citizens from around the world will join together in New York City on September 21 for the People’s Climate March to call for climate action now.”

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