Councilmember Koretz has been recognized as a leader on climate action in Los Angeles.
Councilmember Koretz joined Vice President Biden and Mayor Garcetti at the 2015 U.S.-China Climate Leaders Summit.
From the White House website:The U.S.-China Summit fulfilled "a key element of the U.S.-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change by Presidents Obama and Xi in November, 2014, and helped to ensure that the ambitious actions to address climate change that both leaders committed to will be implemented at the state and local level, where they matter most." The Declaration signed by a diverse set of U.S. cities and states “is the first of its kind between multiple community leaders from the United States and China to take parallel steps to address climate change at the state and local level, and is a concrete statement of intent by city, state and provincial leaders to implement ambitious, verifiable actions to address climate change and simultaneously to support and expand bilateral cooperation and dialogue..
He was recently visited by renowned author and climate activist, Naomi Klein, who he had the privilege of introducing to the City Council.
At the 2015 “Seizing an Alternative: Toward an Ecological Civilization” Pando Populus conference, he also was given the distinct honor of introducing keynote speaker, Bill McKibben, the person who Foreign Policy magazine named of the 100 most important global thinkers and the Boston Globe called, “probably the nation’s leading environmentalist.”
Councilmember Koretz was honored to be invited by Participant Media, the company which produced “An Inconvenient Truth,” to give testimony on how former Vice President Al Gore’s Academy Award-winning film affected him:
To view the the other Truth testimonials, click here
He also led the City Council in declaring May 24, 2016, “An Inconvenient Truth” Day in the City of Los Angeles…
…and had the distinct honor of meeting his climate hero and the star of the film, former Vice President Al Gore at the Participant Media celebration of the occasion. If you like to read more about this event, please click here.
The Councilmember was honored to join Mayor Garcetti, Congressman Henry Waxman, Congressman Ted Lieu, Senators Ed Markey and Sheldon Whitehouse and climate activist Bill McKibben in being interviewed for his thoughts about the impact “An Inconvenient Truth” had on him when it was released.
Councilmember Koretz with rising star environmental activist and social good strategist, Jordan Howard, who helped with the LA plastic bag ban and has continued moving forward with her great work.
Mary Nichols, the chair of the California Air Resources Board, who is leading the global climate change policy fight, joined Councilmember Koretz to launch a pilot project of the EV Arc, a mobile solar-powered electric vehicle charging station.
Billionaire philanthropist and climate activist, Tom Steyer, joined Councilmember Koretz and co-host David Nahai, at a gathering of Jewish Community leaders concerned about the rapidly-worsening climate crisis.
The breakfast was held, appropriately enough, at local CD-5 favorite, Lenny’s Deli in Westwood.
After a terrific and high level discussion, the group all agreed that the Jewish community as a whole needed to become much more engaged in climate change, both politically and personally, and that they wanted to keep these gatherings going. If you are interested in joining the next Jewish Climate Leaders breakfast, please contact Andy Shrader | Director of Environmental Affairs, Water Policy & Sustainability in our City Hall office.
Councilmember Koretz has vowed not to rest until Los Angeles, and, indeed, all of humanity is safe from the potentially devastating impacts of runaway climate chaos.
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