How Cities are Saving the World Trillions through Climate Action

By path2positive

Cities across the country are in a constant struggle to provide for their residents, while maintaining financial security. This is made more challenging as municipalities are forced to spend precious resources on mitigating the threats of a changing environment. However, a newly released report indicates that climate-smart cities can actually boost economic growth, and improve living conditions for residents, all while decreasing fossil fuel emissions.

Echoing previous studies, the report debunks the myth that upfront costs of addressing climate change are too high. Rather, the data compiled from numerous cities indicates that in the long term, the costs of smart urban planning, accessible public transport, increased energy efficiency standards, and a host of other climate conscious measures are quickly recuperated.

Investing in sustainability is a win-win for cities. Providing needed infrastructure, improving the lives of residents, and decreasing their carbon footprint are all benefits that any city leader would like to accomplish. Municipal and community leadership is required to push communities towards a Path to Positive climate solutions.

Climate-smart cities could save the world $22tn, say economists

By Suzanne Goldenberg | The Guardian | September 8, 2015

Putting cities on a course of smart growth – with expanded public transit, energy-saving buildings, and better waste management – could save as much as $22tn and avoid the equivalent in carbon pollution of India’s entire annual output of greenhouse gasses, according to leading economists.

The Global Commission on Climate and Economy, an independent initiative by former finance ministers and leading research institutions from Britain and six other countries, found climate-smart cities would spur economic growth and a better quality of life – at the same time as cutting carbon pollution.

If national governments back those efforts, the savings on transport, buildings, and waste disposal could reach up to $22tn ($14tn) by 2050, the researchers found. By 2030, those efforts would avoid the equivalent of 3.7 gigatonnes a year – more than India’s current greenhouse gas emissions, the report found.

Read More


Stay connected and get updates from Path to Positive.


You May Also Like

September 21, 2023

What can you do in your local community to significantly reduce climate warming emissions? Consider composting! Food waste accounts for emissions equivalent to 42 coal...

Read More

September 19, 2023

Most of us feel the responsibility to create a safe and healthy climate for our families and future generations. This includes ensuring a stable climate,...

Read More

July 25, 2023

The summer heat has set in. In fact, it’s been some of the most extreme heat the planet has ever seen. As the temperatures rise,...

Read More


Path to Positive is a program of ecoAmerica


© ecoAmerica 2006 – 2022 The contents of this website may be shared and used under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives 4.0 International License.