Following President Trump’s announcement on Thursday to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement, Columbia Mayor Brian Treece has joined 80 U.S. mayors in committing to combat climate change on the local level.
Treece has signed on to Climate Mayors, a coalition of mayors throughout the United States working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change. Columbia joins other Missouri cities, St. Louis and Kansas City.
"Climate change is a major concern in the Midwest, and has a direct impact on insurance losses, insurance premiums and economic competitiveness," Treece said in a release. "Columbia is encouraged by the partnerships forming with other cities, universities, and businesses to support creating good jobs in energy efficiency and renewable energy."
According to a release, Treece will ask the Columbia City Council to support the initiative at the City Council meeting on Monday, June 5.