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Globe-trotting Brown headed back to Europe

California Gov. Jerry Brown, right, delivers his speech flanked by the head of the pontifical academy of Science, Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, during a conference on Modern Slavery and Climate Change in the Casina Pio IV the Vatican, July 22, 2015.
California Gov. Jerry Brown, right, delivers his speech flanked by the head of the pontifical academy of Science, Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, during a conference on Modern Slavery and Climate Change in the Casina Pio IV the Vatican, July 22, 2015. AP

Jerry Brown, the state’s world-traveling governor, leaves Thursday for a two-week trip across Europe that culminates with him serving as as special adviser for states and regions at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany.

Brown begins the trip with a keynote address this weekend at a climate summit organized by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences at the Vatican. Kevin de León, the state Senate president pro tem who is challenging U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, also is scheduled to give remarks at the conference, along with U.S. Rep. Scott Peters, a Democrat from San Diego.

Brown then heads to Brussels to address clean energy collaboration with leaders from the European Union. The Democratic governor also will address the State Parliament Baden-Württemberg in Stuttgart, Germany, before joining a convention of leading climate scientists from around the world in Oslo, Norway.

The governor has sought to contrast California’s approach to tackling the climate challenge with federal rollbacks led by the Trump administration, saying that while “the White House declares war on climate science and retreats from the Paris Agreement, California is doing the opposite and taking action.”

“We are joining with our partners from every part of the world to do what needs to be done to prevent irreversible climate change,” Brown added in a statement.

The stops across Europe come just two months after Brown flew off to Vladivostok, Russia, home to the Eastern Economic Forum, as part of his mission to push climate change to the forefront of the conversation with regional and world leaders.

Brown was also in New York for for events connected to Climate Week NYC, and Regular Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

In June, he went to China and met with President Xi Jinping, along with the country’s special envoy on climate change, signing agreements with the national government through the Ministry of Science and Technology in Beijing, and with the leaders of Sichuan and Jiangsu.

At the Vatican on Saturday, he will deliver keynote remarks on the third day of a climate change symposium hosted by the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences, which brings together political, faith and other leaders to issue a call to action. Brown was part of a climate symposium there two years ago.

In Bonn, after events in Brussels, Stuttgart and Oslo, he will kick off a string of appearances the following weekend with Michael Bloomberg – a co-founder of America’s Pledge – with a panel discussion on efforts to support the goals of the Paris agreement.

The Sacramento Bee is traveling with Brown. Follow along via our twitter feeds, @ccadelago and @CapitolAlert. And check out our stories and posts on the Bee’s Capitol Alert.

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