Senator Ellis Press Release

For Immediate Release
December 3, 2010
Contact: Tina Tran, 512-463-0113

Senator Ellis to Attend United Nations Climate Change Conference in Mexico

Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) will be joining international economic, business, and political leaders to discuss critical issues surrounding the global environment at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico.

This year's event will be the 16th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP) and the 6th Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol. There will be over 15,000 invited attendees to the conference, including select members and representatives from business and industry, environmental organizations and research institutions.

This important gathering of some of the most sought after minds in the world was kicked off on November 29th and will go until December 10th. Mexican President Felipe Calderón called on the supporters of Climate Change to make the environment a global human rights issue, stating that, "Climate change is an issue that affects life on a planetary scale," in his opening remarks of the Conference.

Senator Ellis serves on the National Commission on Energy Policy and Co-Chairs the Commission to Engage African Americans on Climate Change. Senator Ellis was proud to pass the Texas Green Jobs Act in 2009, that was amended onto House Bill 1935, successfully establishing the first statewide green jobs program in Texas. The program sets up a framework for training workers for skills in the clean energy economy.