The United States and Mexico will Work Together to Tackle the Climate Crisis

On October 19, US Special Presidential Envoy John Kerry and Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard hailed a significant step forward in bilateral cooperation between the US and Mexico on measures to solve the climate issue during their visit to Mexico. 

Prior to the forthcoming climate conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Mexico and the United States will collaborate to tackle climate change. 

The Mexican – US Engagement on Climate Change said in a joint statement that the two countries understand the importance of global efforts to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius and that the 2020s are a critical decade for climate action. 

Kerry was cordially welcomed by Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and cabinet ministers for a day-long visit to Palenque, in the state of Chiapas, Mexico, which included a formal exchange of ideas and a casual introduction to the region, including its people and history. 

Obrador discussed his decision to start a methodical transition toward greening Mexico’s energy industry and boosting the country’s energy independence during the visit. 

Both countries emphasised the importance of strengthening North American relations, with an accelerated clean energy transition this decade to address the climate crisis, including with Canada. Kerry stated that the US would support efforts to catalyse finance and technology, and both countries emphasised the importance of strengthening North American relations, with an accelerated clean energy transition this decade to address the climate crisis, including with Canada. 

Obrador discussed Mexico’s plans, which include working closely with the United States to speed up the deployment of renewable energy, such as wind, solar, geothermal, and hydroelectric power, as a major step in the country’s commitment to raising the ambition of its Nationally Determined Contribution under the Paris Agreement next year. 

Other ways for the two countries to raise their goal include enhancing energy efficiency, reducing methane emissions, and greening transportation. Both governments appreciate the crucial need for rapidly lower methane emissions, according to the joint statement. Mexico recently expressed its support for the Global Methane Pledge. 

Obrador introduced Kerry to Sembrando Vida, a multi-state effort in Mexico that aims to plant trees, support the goal of eradicating deforestation, create long-term agricultural jobs, and provide possibilities for would-be migrants in their home towns. 

Kerry, joined by Obrador, visited Palenque to see the progress and effects of the “Sowing Life” initiative, one of the most well-known green projects in the world. According to the Foreign Secretary, Mexico has committed $1.3 billion of its own money in the initiative, making it the most important global undertaking for reforestation and entire ecosystems. 

The United States and Mexico have stated their commitment to working together to maximise the initiative’s climate advantages and to promote nature-based solutions to climate, conservation, and development. 

On October 19, at a press conference hosted by Obrador, Ebrard stated that the US and Mexico share environmental goals as a result of their tight relationship, which respects and considers each other’s capabilities as well as Mexico’s decisions. 

According to Ebrard, Mexico was one of the first to embrace Kerry’s effort. Mexico will increase its efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions, particularly methane, which has a global warming potential that is up to 34 times that of other gases. 

He also stated that because a green economy develops new sustainable sectors in the economy, Mexico and the United States will be able to jointly develop new initiatives and seek financing for it.