California Governor Jerry Brown and Michael Bloomberg Launch "America's Pledge"

Michael Bloomberg now serves as the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change.   Mark Wilson  Getty Images

The pledge will not, however, replace the United States' commitment to the Paris agreement.

Now boasting 14 member states and territories - including Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, Delaware, Virginia, Minnesota, Colorado, Oregon, Hawaii and Puerto Rico - representing 33 percent of the USA population, the alliance's No. 1 principle is continued support of the Paris Agreement, including the US goal of ultimately reducing greenhouse gas emissions roughly 28 percent from 2005 levels.

With "The America's Pledge" initiative, Brown and Bloomberg hope to "demonstrate continued climate leadership across USA society, and that sub-national action can significantly reduce US greenhouse gas emissions at a time of limited federal leadership", according to a Wednesday press release.

"To see states and cities in the USA and territories and regions around the globe align their ambition and plans with the aims of the Paris agreement is nearly unprecedented in the history of U.N. environmental treaties", Nick Nuttall, director of communications and outreach for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) told ThinkProgress.

Following US President Donald Trump's June 1 announcement that the US will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, the governors of New York, California and Washington announced the formation of the Alliance.

"In the US, emission levels are determined far more by cities, states, and businesses than they are by our federal government - and each of these groups is taking action because it's in their own best interest", Bloomberg said in a statement. "The American government may have pulled out of the Paris Agreement, but American society remains committed to it - and we will redouble our efforts to achieve its goals". "We're already halfway there".

The Trump Administration may have walked away from the Paris Accord, but that policy shift is not stopping other political leaders and the private sector from moving forward on climate action. For example, Brown was recently named as a special advisor for states and regions ahead of this year's United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 23). Rather, the pledge aims to quantify, communicate and encourage climate action in the United States, as participants across the USA find new ways to work with the worldwide community and interact with global climate policy processes.

From the Real News file comes a digital milestone for the United States Climate Alliance, a coalition of states committed to upholding the tenets of the Paris climate accord.

These intricately detailed plans will "transparently demonstrate to the worldwide community how these entities can help the U.S. deliver on its pledge under the Paris Agreement".

"This agreement is less about the climate and more about the rest of the world gaining a financial advantage over the United States", Trump said.

Presenting the legislative package to state senate lawmakers yesterday, Brown argued there was an urgent need to combat climate change, which he described as a "threat to organised existence", according to US News.

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