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June 23, 2017

Commissioners to consider resolution declaring commitment to Paris Climate Agreement

Boulder County, Colo. - The
Boulder County Commissioners will hold a Public Meeting on June 27
to consider adopting
a resolution declaring Boulder County’s
commitment to honor and uphold the Paris Climate Agreement goals. Members of
the public are invited to attend the meeting or watch it via

What: Public Meeting

When: Tuesday, June 27, 10 a.m.

Where: Boulder County Courthouse,
Commissioners’ Hearing Room,
floor, 1325 Pearl Street, Boulder

In reaction to President
Trump’s announcement to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement
in early June, hundreds of local governments, more
than a 1,000 businesses and investors, as well as roughly 200 universities and
colleges have announced their intent to continue supporting the Paris Agreement.
In upholding Boulder County’s vision that states, “As trusted stewards of
Boulder County’s future, we provide the best in public service,” the
commissioners are considering declaring their intent to uphold the Paris
Agreement as well.

“Climate change is one of the
greatest challenges facing our community and communities across the globe,”
stated Boulder County Commissioner Elise Jones. “If we value leaving a livable
planet for our children and future generations, then we must act now.”

Boulder County and other Colorado communities are already feeling the
impacts of climate change in the form of reduced snowpack, earlier snowmelt
runoff, and more frequent and severe floods, extreme weather events, droughts,
and wildfires. Recently released projections show that increases in the
frequency and magnitude of extremely hot days in Boulder and Larimer counties
are likely. The extent of the temperature increase depends on whether global
emissions continue on a high trajectory or are reduced. Although
projections for precipitation are more uncertain than for temperature, the
models suggest that heavy storms may become more frequent.

“The data
powerfully illustrates how important it is to reduce future emissions to hold
the extent of climate change within manageable limits,” said Boulder County Commissioner
Deb Gardner.

Boulder County has
demonstrated leadership in creating initiatives, programs, and policies aimed
at reducing the threat of climate change and will continue to prioritize
climate and renewable energy efforts. Beyond initiatives to mitigate climate
change, Boulder County has become one of the first communities in the state to
adopt a Climate Change Preparedness Plan to better adapt to the local impacts
of climate change.

“We have a long
history of creating sustainable, environmentally responsible programs in Boulder
County,” said Boulder County Commissioner Cindy Domenico. “Those of us at the
local and state level must join our voices and redouble our efforts since the
current federal administration refuses to act.”