Los Angeles – Premier Gordon Campbell signed the 2009 Governors’ Climate Summit Declaration on behalf of British Columbia, committing the Province to work co-operatively with all levels of government around the world to combat climate change.

“Climate change is a challenge on an unprecedented scale and calls for an unprecedented level of co-operation between governments at all levels – national, state, provincial and municipal,” said Premier Campbell. “This declaration reaffirms our commitment to work collaboratively with other jurisdictions around the world, even as we take steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions within our own province. I want to thank California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and all host governors for giving a voice to sub-national governments on this important issue.”

The 2009 Governors’ Climate Summit is being held September 30 – October 2 in Los Angeles and is co-hosted by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the governors of Connecticut, Michigan, New York, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin.

The 2009 Declaration includes commitments to pursue clean transportation and mobility; support for national climate change legislation throughout the world; acknowledgement of the increased need for mutual action on  adapting to climate change; and support for the recognition of the role of sub-national governments in all aspects of achieving a global climate solution.

"I'm thrilled that Premier Campbell has once again joined us to sign the joint declaration with over 30 other sub-national governments,” said California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. “Global warming knows no borders and it is because of the vision of leaders like Premier Campbell that we are able to work together to combat climate change."

B.C. has been at the forefront of efforts to work collaboratively on climate initiatives, including chairing the International Carbon Action Partnership, co-chairing the Western Climate Initiative, sitting as executive committee member on The Climate Registry, and forming the Pacific Coast Collaborative with Alaska, British Columbia, California, Oregon, and Washington.

The Summit brings together a range of experts from more than 75 states, provinces or countries on six continents. More than 1,000 attendees discussed issues including stimulating green economic growth, reducing dependence on fossil fuels and promoting green energy, creating green jobs, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.