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Federal Climate Action with Gov. Jerry Brown

By Danielle Elliott and Isabel Lyndon

California’s former governor Jerry Brown offers the most immediate actions that President-elect Joe Biden could take to address climate change in this Climate Break exclusive.

Governor Brown explains how the U.S. can help countries like China and India address climate change through global cooperation.

Governor Brown offers advice on how President-elect Joe Biden can ensure his climate policies incorporate equity, particularly for communities struggling economically.


Former four-term California Governor Jerry Brown sat down with Climate Break to discuss policy solutions and possible government actions on climate change. While in office from 1975-1983 and then 2011-2019, Gov. Brown instituted significant environmental protections and regulations that became the standards for the nation to follow. Now retired, Gov. Brown continues to drive international conversation on clean energy, market climate solutions and global cooperation on climate change mitigation.

Read more about some of Gov. Brown’s climate policies while he was in office, including his plan for economy-wide carbon neutrality, here. Or read about Governor Brown’s five pillars of climate action from his 2015 State of the State speech.

For more information on international collaborative efforts on climate change policy check out the California-China Institute and the Under2 Coalition:

The California-China Climate Institute: Led by former California Governor Jerry Brown in partnership with Xie Zhenhua, China’s Special Representative for Climate Change Affairs, the Institute hopes toinform national policy makers, foster cooperation, and promote the implementation of climate solutions at all levels through research, training and dialogue. 

The Under2 Coalition: A global community of state and regional governments committed to ambitious climate action in line with the Paris Agreement, Under2 seeks to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.