September 12, 2018 – San Diego, CA – The San Diego Foundation today announced it has joined with thousands of U.S. leaders and organizations in signing the “We Are Still In” declaration, an open letter to the international community affirming a commitment to support climate action.
As leaders across the world descend on San Francisco this week for the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit, the declaration demonstrates that officials and organizations from every sector are united in the effort to ensure the U.S. remains a global leader in reducing emissions that offset climate change.
“The San Diego region has long served as a role model for global climate action, and by signing the ‘We Are Still In’ declaration, The San Diego Foundation affirms the commitment of philanthropy in tackling this critical challenge,” shared Nicola Hedge, Director of Environmental Initiatives at The San Diego Foundation. “As climate change increasingly impacts our daily lives and threatens the region’s environment, The Foundation is committed to engaging leaders and investing in solutions that maintain and strengthen quality of life throughout our county.”
Since 2006, The San Diego Foundation has invested more than $3.5 million in the creation of cross-sector partnerships; assessment of regional vulnerabilities and priorities to address climate change, and increased public understanding of local impacts of climate change with policy makers, scientific experts, businesses and other community leaders. Among other efforts, The San Diego Foundation has helped support the adoption of climate action plans by nearly all of San Diego’s 19 municipalities and continues to support efforts through collaboration to promote even greater regional action.
The “We Are Still In” declaration has been signed by more than 2,800 leaders from America’s city halls, state houses, boardrooms and college campuses, representing more than 160 million Americans and $6.2 trillion of the U.S. economy. The bipartisan effort demonstrates America’s enduring commitment to reduce emissions and stem the causes of climate change.
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