Climate change increasingly poses risks to all nations and can no longer be ignored. While debate and political action often stymie national action, cities are well situated to craft and enact bold climate action plans that can slash greenhouse emissions, provide economic benefits, and enrich the lives of residents. Cities already have a proven track record of climate success, but have committed to even greater efforts moving forward. These developments have been outlined in a recent report by C40, “Climate Action in Megacities 3.0.”
The report identified six critical areas of focus for municipal attention: adaption and water; energy; finance and economic development; solid waste management; sustainable communities; transportation. What connects these elements is the finding that the ability of mayors to collaborate, to work across state, local, political and geographic boundaries, is the key to long-term climate success—on all fronts. To this end, national and international resources should be leveraged to facilitate and increase action at the local level.
The report emphasizes “there is no global solution without local action.” Read the report by visiting C40, and find out how to get your community active in advancing climate solutions by joining Path to Positive Communities.
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