November 17, 2010
Meeting at the University of California, Davis, near Sacramento, leaders of states across several countries agreed to fast-track "the development of clean technologies, climate resilient projects and green investment." The alliance pledged to influence national and international policies, but California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger notably expressed a need to move "full speed ahead without [an] international agreement."
"We can’t afford to wait for national and international movement. Action is needed now, and action is what we’re taking with R20," said Governor Schwarzenegger. "The role of subnational governments is more important than ever, and California has shown that state and regional governments can institute policies that will grow the green economy, create jobs and clean our environment. With this unprecedented level of cooperation and collaboration, the Regions of Climate Action (R20) will continue this leadership around the world and will help influence national and international action."
Rainforest in Sumatra