New England Leadership & Innovation Critical to Global Climate Agreement
November 13, 2015 (BOSTON, MA) – Conservation Law Foundation’s (CLF) President, Bradley Campbell, announced today that he will attend the Paris Climate Conference, which is being held from November 30 through December 11. During the conference, Campbell will meet with UN negotiators, government, nonprofit and business leaders, and youth activists to exchange ideas and present CLF’s groundbreaking work in moving New England towards a clean energy economy.
“After twenty years of failure, there are positive signs that world leaders next month will finally pass a universal, legally-binding resolution to combat climate change and ignite the transition towards a carbon-free future, and I‘m honored to be a part of this watershed accomplishment,” said Campbell. “Still, global action requires local achievement, and real progress is only attainable when cities and regions around the world agree to step up to the plate. For fifty years, CLF has striven to make New England a national model for ousting dirty fossil fuels and protecting our air and water for future generations. Now, it’s time to bring that leadership and innovation to the global stage.”
Thanks largely to CLF’s advocacy over the past two decades, New England has seen an enormous decline in its reliance on oil and coal, with our energy portfolio shifting from 22 percent to just one percent oil since the turn of the century and from 18 percent to five percent coal during that same period. CLF’s leadership has led to the closure of numerous fossil fuel power plants in the region and investment in clean energy alternatives, including the nation’s first offshore wind farm off Rhode Island’s coast.
Campbell added, “From rising sea levels to severe winter storms, New Englanders are already feeling the harsh realities of climate change and are poised to do something about it. What happens in Paris is just the beginning. It’s what happens here at home that will ultimately spell the difference between climate action and climate impact.”
Bradley Campbell brings not only his experience as CLF President to the Paris Climate Talks, but also decades as a national environmental leader. Prior to joining CLF, Campbell was a senior environmental official in the Clinton White House and a regional administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He also served as Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and principal at a law firm focusing on issues involving the environment, energy, entrepreneurship and science.