Governors Sebelius and Schwarzenegger host Climate Summit
Global leaders meet to discuss combating climate change Governor Kathleen Sebelius joined California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and three other governors yesterday, in hosting the first Governors' Global Climate Summit.
"As a co-chair of this event, I was able to share the work we've done in Kansas to increase wind power production and help stem the rising cost of fuel by producing more ethanol. Rural America is going to play an important part in securing energy independence for our nation and our state is proud to be a leader in that effort," Sebelius said.
Scientific research and current environmental indicators undeniably demonstrate that global climate change is a serious threat to our environment, our economies and our way of life. Leaders at the Summit discussed the need to act quickly to reduce greenhouse gases to avoid catastrophic impacts to the world's ecosystems, oceans, food production and human health.
"Because of the magnitude and urgency of this challenge, we need collaboration and cooperation between all levels of government around the world," Sebelius continued. "That's why this event gathered U.S. and international leaders around the shared vision of combating climate change while strengthening our economy.
"There is an incredible opportunity to get our nation's economy back on track by creating green-jobs and becoming a world leader in the development of clean energy technologies.
"In Kansas, our farms and fields can produce tomorrow's energy through biofuels and clean, renewable wind. There is great demand for cleaner energy in America, and the more Kansas can do to promote that market, the better off our state and nation will be."
More than 50 states, provinces and nations were represented at the Governors' Summit, including leaders from USA, Canada, Mexico, China, United Nations, European Union, India, Indonesia, Brazil and United Kingdom. The Summit brought together state and provincial leaders, national leaders, scientists, and representatives from business, academia and non-government organizations to forge productive partnerships to advance mutual goals.
To ensure that the Summit left no carbon footprint, EcoSecurities donated voluntary carbon offsets from its portfolio to neutralize 100 percent of the emissions associated with the event.
Source: Kansas Governor's Office
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