Mills on Monday just before her speach. Photo: courtesy ME state.
On Monday, September 23rd, Governor Janet Mills will deliver remarks before the United Nations (UN) about Maine’s effort to fight climate change. Under Governor Mills’ leadership, the state has made significant progress in the effort to mitigate climate change, most notably signing into law the nation’s most aggressive Renewable Portfolio Standard and standing up the Maine Climate Council that is charged with developing Maine’s Climate Action plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 45 percent by 2030 and at least 80 percent by 2050.
Governor Mills was invited to speak by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. She will join many heads of state and international leaders before the General Assembly to deliver her remarks, which are expected to last two minutes. Governor Mills’ appearance will be the first time a sitting Governor of Maine has spoken before the UN, the world’s foremost international peacekeeping and dispute resolution body.
Governor Mills’ remarks before the UN come as part of her participation in the UN Climate Action Summit 2019. According to the UN, the Summit will bring together governments, the private sector, civil society, local authorities and other international organizations to develop ambitious solutions in six areas: a global transition to renewable energy; sustainable and resilient infrastructures and cities; sustainable agriculture and management of forests and oceans; resilience and adaptation to climate impacts; and alignment of public and private finance with a net zero economy.
On Tuesday, September 24th, Governor Mills will also participate in a bilateral meeting with officials from the European Union to discuss how the United States and European nations can work together to combat climate change.
Later that day, she will also participate in a panel discussion convened by the U.S. Climate Alliance called, “America’s Governors: Delivering Our Commitment to Paris”. As part of the panel, Governor Mills will join other governors to discuss how states are taking action to deliver on America’s commitment to the Paris Climate Accord. Earlier this year, Governor Mills announced that Maine has joined the bipartisan U.S. Climate Alliance, a bipartisan coalition of 25 states committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement.
Finally, the Governor will join The Nature Conservancy to deliver opening remarks for the premier of the short documentary film “Shellfish Growers Changing the Game on Climate”. The film, focused on the Shellfish Growers Climate Coalition, currently comprised of more than 120 companies, is produced by The Nature Conservancy and features Bill Mook, owner of Mook Sea Farm in Walpole.