Montgomery County recently became the first county in the U.S. and the first jurisdiction in Maryland to join the “Under2” Coalition, an international pact of states, provinces, regions, cities and nations committed to fighting climate change, county officials said.
Members of the Subnational Global Climate Leadership, or “Under2,” Coalition are dedicated to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to keep the global average temperature from rising 2 degrees Celsius above the Earth’s pre-industrial revolution temperature.
According to the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, if the temperature rises more than 2 degrees, there could be dangerous consequences for the environment. Taryn Akiyama, the Under2 Coalition project coordinator, said the worldwide coalition is made up of 187 governments spanning 38 countries and six continents.
County officials determined the County should join the coalition to affirm its responsibility as a local jurisdiction to fight climate change.
“Now, more than ever, jurisdictions need to redouble their efforts to address climate change,” County Executive Ike Leggett said in a County press release. “We have many forward-thinking and concerned residents and businesses in Montgomery County who understand the urgency of this issue. We are proud to join the growing international coalition seeking to reduce the risks to the environment and the economy from climate change.”