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For Immediate Release:
September 22, 2015
Media Contact:
Johanna Cervone

Statement from Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava on Pope Francis' visit to the United States

"I welcome Pope Francis to the United States as he delivers a critical message to our United States Congress and national leaders on the need to join together in combatting global climate change. His vision and leadership on this issue offers us an opportunity to take a united approach to the real threat climate changes poses to communities like Miami-Dade County. We've heard from the chorus of constituents who are eager to see action and Pope Francis' visit allows the conversation to be on the world stage. I look forward to working closely with federal, state and local leaders on implementing sensible and aggressive solutions."

Commissioner Levine Cava and Mayor Gimenez recently returned from the US-China Climate Change Summit in Los Angeles. The summit focused on making a global impact on climate change through collective action by local governments. Prior to the summit, the Commissioner presented a resolution calling for an update in the County’s “GreenPrint” sustainability plan. With the stewardship of the Miami Foundation and support from the Office of the Mayor, the Commissioner has also championed Miami-Dade’s application to the Rockefeller Foundation’s “100 Resilient Cities” challenge. As the community keeps calling for increased action on climate induced sea level rise, the Commissioner continues to advocate for an accelerated timeline for a climate change adaptation implementation strategy for Miami-Dade.