Each week we share the stories that shouldn’t be missed. Local climate leaders, the latest in community climate action, and new climate research are all featured to highlight the good news coming out of cities. These are the top stories of the past week:
- Woman mayors from major cities around the globe gathered in New York for the first-ever Women4Climate conference, bringing attention to the disproportionate climate impacts suffered by females and urging women to step up as leaders. (Forbes)
- A group of Congressional Republicans introduced legislation this week citing the negative consequences of climate change, and pledging to seek “economically viable” ways to combat it. (E&E News)
- The clean energy sector is now creating new jobs faster than almost any other sector in the American economy – but many of the programs behind this growth may be on the chopping block. (U.S. News & World Report)
- The Texas city of Georgetown is one of the first cities in America to be 100 percent powered by clean energy – and it’s all about the economic benefits. (Star Telegram)
- Washington, D.C. is staying at the forefront of climate progress, even in the face of federal backpedaling. Says Mayor Muriel Bowser, "We know in cities we can use our procurement power, our power in building codes, and our bully pulpit to say we must fight climate change.” (Reuters)
- In Grand Marais, Minnesota, a group of five students aged nine to 16 convinced the city council to adopt a “climate inheritance resolution” that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions and involve the youth voice in future climate decisions. (Midwestern Energy News)
CLIMATE DAY LA
- Our partner Climate Resolve, along with ecoAmerica and IHEARTCOMIX, will be co-hosting the second annual Climate Day LA on April 21 at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The event, which will bring together over 1,500 Angeleno leaders, locals, and advocates, includes a daytime leadership summit, afternoon gala, and evening concert.
WEBINAR: MENTAL HEALTH AND OUR CHANGING CLIMATE
- Climate change affects us in many ways – psychologically and socially, as well as physically. Join ecoAmerica and the American Psychological Association for a free webinar on 3/29, and learn how communities can protect against and prepare for mental health impacts.