Jerry Brown headed to Russia

Jerry Brown is sending himself to Siberia. Well, almost.

On Sunday, California’s globetrotting governor will leave for a six-day trip to Vladivostok, Russia, home to the Eastern Economic Forum. There, he plans to push climate change to the forefront of the conversation with regional and world leaders. Brown said he views the forum as an occasion to promote investment and strengthen the state’s commitment to decarbonizing the economy.

The Governor’s Office did not indicate whether Brown will have an audience with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is listed on the program as giving remarks on the afternoon of Sept. 7, along with Korean President Moon Jae-in, Prime Minister Shinzō Abe of Japan and Khaltmaa Battulga, the president of Mongolia.

“Every government and every business is responsible for making this radical turn and from Victorville to Vladivostok, California will continue to lead the charge,” Brown said in a statement Thursday.

On the way, Brown is scheduled to stop in Nome, Alaska, where he’ll meet with climate researchers and scientists and is expected to huddle with indigenous people.

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