PITTSBURGH, PA (February 18, 2021) Mayor William Peduto will represent Pittsburgh on the global stage in two international events Friday, as the United States formally rejoins the Paris Climate Agreement.
Mayor Peduto will be the final speaker in tomorrow morning’s America is All In virtual event featuring Special Presidential Envoy on Climate John Kerry, White House National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy and UN Special Envoy for Climate Ambition and Solutions Mike Bloomberg.
In the afternoon he was invited by the EU Ambassador to the United States to deliver a virtual toast to the United States rejoining the accords in an event hosted by EU Member State embassies.
Mayor Peduto attended the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015 and pledged that Pittsburgh would stand by it even after President Donald President removed the United States from the agreement in 2017. On the direction of President Joseph Biden the United States is officially rejoining the international accords tomorrow, February 19.
Mayor Peduto has been a leading international voice on the power of local government to fight climate change. He is the North American representative to the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, and his battles with the Trump administration on climate leadership are featured in the National Geographic documentary “Paris to Pittsburgh.”
He and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo joined together in 2017 to write in favor of the accords, and late last year he joined with mayors across Appalachia and the Ohio River Valley to urge approval of a Marshall Plan for Middle America to transition Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia to renewable energy.