We are still being announced. More than 3,600 U.S. heads of state and government sign cities, states, tribes, businesses, colleges and universities to say they will continue to support climate change efforts to meet the commitments made in the Paris Agreement. The membership list continues to grow and inspire new coalitions emerging in other countries. Fortunately, more than 4,000 U.S. heads of state and government have stood up in cities, states, tribes, businesses, colleges and universities to say they will continue to support climate change measures to meet the commitments made by the Paris Agreement as part of the We Are Still In movement. These leaders have crossed cultural, political, economic and social divides to meet the challenge of the climate crisis. These leaders in the United States could achieve a 37% reduction in emissions below 2005 levels by 2030, with a significant increase in measures by 2030 and a 49% reduction in emissions from 2005 levels, with federal reintegration beginning aggressively from 2021. With the support of WWF and more than two dozen other organizations, We Are Still In has been welcomed by other countries and praised by Americans who want to show the world that U.S.
leaders far exceed the federal government`s executive on climate change. The adoption of the Paris Agreement is part of a long-standing effort by the scientific community to combat climate change. On October 5, 2016, when the agreement reached enough signatures to cross the threshold, U.S. President Barack Obama said, “Even if we achieve all the goals… we will only get to part of where we need to go. He also said that “this agreement will help delay or avoid some of the worst consequences of climate change.” It will help other nations reduce their emissions over time and set bolder goals as technology progresses, all under a strong transparency system that will allow each nation to assess the progress of all other nations.   The EU and its member states are among the nearly 190 parties to the Paris Agreement. The EU formally ratified the agreement on 5 October 2016, allowing it to enter into force on 4 November 2016. In order for the agreement to enter into force, at least 55 countries representing at least 55% of global emissions had to file their ratification instruments. While mitigation and adjustment require more climate funding, adjustment has generally received less support and has mobilized fewer private sector actions.  A 2014 OECD report showed that in 2014, only 16% of the world`s financial resources were devoted to adaptation to climate change.  The Paris Agreement called for a balance between climate finance between adaptation and mitigation, highlighting in particular the need to strengthen support for adaptation from the parties most affected by climate change, including least developed countries and small island developing states.
The agreement also reminds the parties of the importance of public subsidies, as adjustment measures receive less public sector investment.  John Kerry, as Secretary of State, announced that the United States would double its grant-based adjustment funding by 2020.  President Obama was able to formally enshrine the United States in the agreement through executive measures because he did not impose new legal obligations on the country. The United States already has a number of instruments on the books, under laws already passed by Congress to reduce carbon pollution. The country officially joined the agreement in September 2016, after submitting its request for participation. The Paris Agreement was only able to enter into force after the formal accession of at least 55 nations representing at least 55% of global emissions.