Grand Coalition Statement on Paris Agreement

We Are Still In

Second Nature helped coordinate a statement on behalf of governors, mayors, CEO’s and college and university leaders declaring that, despite the federal government’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, the nation remains committed to climate action.

This joint statement is the first time that these sectors have joined together publicly in a strong show of support for climate action that is so vital to the future of our country.

It asserts that:

1. In the absence of Federal support, states, cities, colleges and universities and businesses will pursue ambitious climate goals, to ensure that the U.S. remains a global leader in reducing emissions.

2. In the U.S., the actors that will provide the leadership necessary to meet our Paris commitment are found in city halls, state capitals, colleges and universities and businesses.

3. We will remain actively engaged with the international community as part of the global effort to hold warming to under 2°C and to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy that will benefit our security, prosperity, and health.


In order to participate, please have the President or Chancellor send a message (or have the president cced) mentioning, “We Are Still In” and a quote that can be used to highlight your reasons for participation to We will respond to confirm.

Participation is limited to accredited, degree granting higher education institutions listed in IPEDS. For all other types of participants/sectors please contact our partners.

A complete list of all participants can be found on the We Are Still In website.


For Release: 8/31/2017 at 12:00 p.m.
States 9
Total GDP $6.2 trillion
Cities & Counties 238
Population of Cities & States 130 million
Higher Education 325
Enrollment FTE 4.2 million
Total Endowment $114 billion
Businesses & Investors 1726
Total Annual Revenue $2.3 trillion
Total Assets Under Management $2.5 trillion
Total US Employees 4.8  million
Total of >$100M businesses or >5B Investors 221
Fortune 500 34
Total Signers 2298

See a short video about the scope of the coalition.

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