California, New Zealand announce climate change partnership
SAN FRANCISCO Top officials from California and New Zealand signed a pledge on Friday to work together to combat climate change. They also shared ideas and best practices, including how to get millions more electric vehicles onto the roads .
Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat and Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, spoke at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park about the agreement. The agreement does not commit either government to any specific policies, but it does outline broad areas of cooperation.
” We have a natural relationship and I’m so glad we’ve put pen on paper today to confirm it and continue our cooperation in one of the great challenges of our generation,” Ardern stated.
Cars and trucks, as well as other parts of California’s transportation sector, are California’s largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions and New Zealand’s second-largest, Ardern stated. California is considering banning new gas-powered cars within the state by 2035. New Zealand wants 30% all new car sales to be electric by the end of that year.
Newsom said that he expects there to be more competition in the electric vehicle market. Tesla is currently the dominant player. He compared it to when Netflix was facing competition from other streaming services. Ardern stated that her government will discuss programs with California officials to encourage people to get rid their older, more fuel-guzzling vehicles.
New Zealand has 5 million residents, compared to California’s 39million population. It also has a smaller economy. Both are feeling the effects of climate changes. California just experienced its driest winter in history as drought grips the state. The hottest winter on record was in New Zealand, which took place between June and August.
New Zealand’s primary focus is on reducing the emissions from its vital agricultural industry. The nation’s largest export is milk products, and its farming sector includes beef and dairy. Cattle are a major source for methane emissions, a potent greenhouse gases.
California also has a large farming industry that produces many of our fruits and vegetables. According to the agreement, the two governments will cooperate in projects that improve soil health, reduce methane emissions, and increase water efficiency. The memorandum was signed by Jared Blumenfeld (secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency) and Jeremy Clarke–Watson (consul-general of New Zealand in Los Angeles).
California already holds climate-focused agreements in place with many other countries, including Canada, Mexico, and China.
Former California Gov. Former California Governor Jerry Brown was also a Democrat and helped to launch a coalition 270 subnational government that aimed to keep the increase in carbon dioxide emissions below 2 degrees Celsius.
Last year, California signed a short joint declaration with New Zealand (and the Canadian province of Quebec) to share information about climate policies and carbon markets.
Due to Ardern’s prominent role in the aftermath of the 2019 massacre at two mosques in Christchurch that killed 51 worshippers, the topic of gun control was also expected.
Newsom is urging the state Legislature to send him a set of gun reform bills following the killings of two teachers and two children at a Texas elementary school.
Less than a month following the Christchurch shootings, New Zealand’s parliament voted against most semi-automatic and automatic weapons.
Newsom did not discuss gun control publicly, but Ardern addressed the issue when she was asked about the “shared value” between New Zealand and California.
“It was obvious that the New Zealand public expected its leaders to find solutions quickly,” Ardern stated. “Are they the solution to all our problems as they relate to New Zealand’s weapons? They were practical steps we believed were necessary and would make a difference. We made them. “
Investigators say an 18-year-old gunman who shot and killed 10 shoppers at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, targeting Black people, had researched the racist Christchurch shooting and also livestreamed the attack as the Christchurch shooter did.
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