(TORONTO, ON) – Climate leaders from across the Americas, including Al Gore, Jerry Brown, and Felipe Calderón will join Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Québec Premier Philippe Couillard at Ontario’s Climate Summit of the Americas in Toronto from July 7 through 9.
Government leaders representing regions across the Americas, including Brazil, Mexico, the US, and Canada, will also be in Toronto to participate in the summit. The goal of the summit is to mobilize and advance collective action on climate change ahead of the Conference of the Parties in Paris in December this year.
Brown is leading the fight against climate change in California and established California’s carbon market. Last month, he announced an effort by subnational leaders from across three continents, the Under 2 Memorandum of Understanding, to limit warming to below 2 C.
Felipe Calderón is chair of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, an international initiative to analyze and communicate the economic benefits and costs of acting on climate change.
Al Gore is chair of the Climate Reality Project, a not-for-profit organization that raises awareness about the urgency of the climate crisis. In 2007, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in informing the world of the dangers of a warming climate and the actions needed to avoid a climate catastrophe.
The summit will build on the action that Ontario has already taken against climate change including announcing a cap and trade program to limit the main sources of greenhouse gas pollution, setting a 2030 mid-term target for greenhouse gas pollution reduction, ending coal-fired electricity generation and electrifying and improving Ontario’s commuter rail network.