California: In Bologna, Governor Newsom Launches New Climate Partnership
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BOLOGNA ~ Bologna, Italy - As the one year anniversary of the devastating floods in the region approaches, Governor Gavin Newsom has announced a new partnership with Emilia-Romagna, a region in Italy. The two regions share similar climates and have both been heavily impacted by the effects of climate change, including extreme weather events such as droughts and floods.

Governor Newsom and Emilia-Romagna President Stefano Bonaccini spoke about the importance of this partnership in addressing the global climate crisis. They also discussed the upcoming consequential elections around the world and emphasized the need for collaboration on climate action.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by California and Emilia-Romagna outlines a three-year plan to work together on various initiatives such as promoting clean transportation, transitioning to clean energy, implementing climate-smart agriculture practices, deploying nature-based solutions, and protecting air quality and biodiversity.

"In an increasingly hotter and drier world, the partnership we're forming today will accelerate efforts to protect communities across the world - all while harnessing the innovative spirit necessary to move away from fossil fuels," said Governor Newsom.

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President Bonaccini also expressed his enthusiasm for this collaboration, stating that "Today is a historic day for Emilia-Romagna. This agreement with the government of the State of California... further strengthens our commitment to develop and share common policies with the most advanced territories in the world on key issues such as combating climate change."

This partnership between California and Emilia-Romagna is significant as both regions face similar climate risks and have set ambitious goals for carbon neutrality. California aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045 while Emilia-Romagna has set a target of 2050. Additionally, both regions have committed to transitioning to clean energy with California aiming for 100% clean electricity by 2035 and Emilia-Romagna targeting 90% by 2050.

The Governor's visit to Bologna follows his attendance at the Vatican Climate Summit where he addressed world leaders on the urgency of the climate crisis and highlighted California's leadership in this area. He also had an audience with Pope Francis, who has been a vocal advocate for addressing climate change.

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"The Pope's leadership and voice on climate change are a reminder to global leaders of the moral obligation to address the crisis head-on," said First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom. "California has and will continue to lead with partners like Emilia-Romagna because we can't do it alone, especially as vulnerable communities continue to bear the brunt of climate-related disasters."

California has been at the forefront of tackling the climate crisis, surpassing its 2020 climate target six years ahead of schedule. The state has also formed partnerships with other regions around the world, including Gyeonggi Province in South Korea, Sweden, Norway, China, and Australia.

In 2023, California launched the Mediterranean Climate Action Partnership (MCAP) at COP 28 to support members in adapting to climate impacts and emergencies. Emilia-Romagna is a member of this partnership. Additionally, California has signed MOUs with Canada, New Zealand, Japan, China, and the Netherlands in 2022 alone.

The Governor's commitment to addressing the climate crisis is evident through these partnerships and collaborations with other regions around the world. As he continues to work towards a more sustainable future for California and beyond, it is clear that Governor Newsom is determined to lead by example in tackling one of the greatest challenges facing our planet today.

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