For Immediate Release
Sierra Club Statement on Kigali Amendment and Global Agreement to Slash HFCs
WASHINGTON - Today, in Kigali, Rwanda, more than 150 countries reached an agreement to phase out the use of dangerous hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), potentially avoiding a half a degree Celsius of warming by the end of the century.
In response, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune released the following statement:
"This landmark accomplishment to limit potent greenhouse gases is one of the most significant steps the international community has taken to curb the climate crisis. By working together, more than 150 countries have committed to action that can change the trajectory of warming on our planet by avoiding a half degree Celsius in temperature increases.
“In less than twelve months, American leadership has brought the world together to craft two historic agreements that represent a global turning point in our fight to tackle climate change. While we have much more work to do, the significance of these diplomatic achievements cannot be overstated. The Sierra Club applauds the Obama Administration and Secretary Kerry for their tireless commitment to making the agreements in Paris and Kigali a reality, and for their leadership in finding solutions to help safeguard our planet.”
The Sierra Club is the oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization in the United States. It was founded on May 28, 1892 in San Francisco, California by the well-known conservationist and preservationist John Muir, who became its first president. The Sierra Club has hundreds of thousands of members in chapters located throughout the US, and is affiliated with Sierra Club Canada.