California Governor Jerry Brown discusses climate action with German Minister Barbara Hendricks. Photo courtesy governor’s office

Fresh from a trip to China, Gov. Jerry Brown met with a top German minister to push for climate action in the wake of President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris agreement.

“China and Germany — two of the most powerful countries in the world — are working with California and with other states to deal with climate change,” said Brown. “The current withdrawal from the Paris Accord by the Washington administration is being overcome and countermanded by people throughout the whole world.”

Brown’s meeting Friday with Barbara Hendricks, the German federal minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, took place just days after he met with leaders in Beijing to expand California’s climate partnership with China.

After the latest meeting, Brown and Hendricks issued a joint statement highlighting the importance of California’s leadership in curbing greenhouse gas emissions and emphasizing how climate change action is important for economic growth.

California and Germany share a long history of working together on climate change, said state officials. In 2015, California and the German state of Baden-Württemberg created the Under2 Coalition.

The coalition is committed to limiting the increase in global average temperatures below 2 degrees Celsius.  That’s considered necessary to prevent potentially catastrophic consequences, said state officials. Collectively, the coalition now represents 35 countries, 1.2 billion people and $28.8 trillion GDP.

“Together with California, Germany will provide strong leadership for the Under2 Coalition in the COP23 in Bonn this November,” said Hendricks.

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