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This just in from the mayor’s office.

Newton Mayor Setti Warren will join over 80 mayors from across the country in signing a statement that affirms their commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement.

“If Washington will not lead on climate change, cities and states must step in,” said Mayor Warren. “I am proud to sign this statement that affirms Newton’s commitment to the principles and goals outlined in the Paris Climate Agreement, joining us in partnership with cities across the country and countries across the world to protect the planet from the devastating impacts of climate change. In Newton, we have reduced the city’s carbon footprint in half since I took office in 2010. We will continue to invest in solar energy opportunities, build energy efficient buildings, and pursue additional technological advances to ensure that we are doing our part in this effort.”

By signing this statement, Mayor Warren commits Newton to “meet…current climate goals, push for new action to meet the 1.5 degrees Celsius target, and work together [with other cities and international partners] to create a 21st century clean energy economy.”