New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio reaffirmed the city would "honor the goals" put forth in the Paris climate agreement, despite President Donald Trump's withdrawing the U.S. from the international pact, The Hill reported Saturday.
In a series of tweets on Friday, de Blasio announced he had signed "Executive Order 26 because New York City's future is threatened by climate change. We will honor the goals of the #ParisAgreement."
Surrounded by apparent supporters, de Blasio also posted a video on Twitter, explaining how he will direct city agencies to adhere to the agreement's key principles to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lessen increases to the global temperature.
"The actions of President Trump have undermined what we're doing and what cities and states all over the country are doing, and that means we have to go farther," de Blasio said. "We have to take matters into our own hands."
The New York City mayor said residents were "shocked at the development this week in Washington, D.C., to see the president of the United States pull out of the Paris accord and literally set this nation, and the whole globe, on the path of denial."
De Blasio called for city agencies and his Office of Sustainability to draft a plan by September 30 and pledged to work with other like-minded cities, states and countries to follow the guidelines put forth in the climate agreement.
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto signed a similar executive order Friday committing the city to the Paris agreement.
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