BATON ROUGE, La. -- Gov. John Bel Edwards said Wednesday that he's joined Louisiana to the international Race to Zero Campaign, a climate change initiative that seeks to reduce net carbon emissions around the world to zero by 2050.
The Democratic governor -- who leads one of the nation's top oil and gas production states -- already has issued an executive order with the same goal for curtailing Louisiana's greenhouse gas emissions. A climate change task force he created is working on a strategy document for how to reach that goal, due next year.
"No state in our country is more adversely impacted by climate change than Louisiana -- in just the last year alone we've experienced major hurricanes, flash flooding and a severe winter storm. But at the same time, no state is better positioned to be a leader in reducing carbon emissions and bolstering coastal resiliency," Edwards said in a statement.
Edwards announced Louisiana's commitment to the Race to Zero campaign ahead of his planned attendance at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, within a few weeks. The governor has said he's attending the event, which is scheduled from Oct. 31 through Nov. 12, but his office has so far provided few details about the trip.
"Extreme heat, devastating storms, flooding and other harmful impacts to human health and financial well-being are putting our state to the test. If humanity does not reduce greenhouse gas emissions, these conditions will only worsen and adaptation will become even more difficult," Edwards said. "Louisiana must do its part because we are on the front lines of a changing climate."