For decades, climate change and environmental issues have been hijacked by political discourse. One’s political ideology often drove support or opposition to bold climate action. However, recent years have seen a shift in public opinion. More and more Americans are seeing, and being affected by, a changing climate. As a result, a majority of Americans now believe climate change is a problem, and that action must be taken.
So what should mayors do? The wave of public support in favor of climate action should prompt quick movement by mayors and elected officials. Leaders should develop climate action plans with clear objectives and actionable policies. Efforts should be made to increase the efficiency of existing buildings, businesses and homes. Infastructure investments in bike paths, community solar developments, and community gardens should be on the radar. And finally, mayors and community leaders must keep in constant communication with their constituents. Clearly communicating about the benefits of climate action will foster lasting beneficial change.
Now, more than ever, there is an appetite for city leaders willing to boldly act on climate. Americans have expressed their desire for robust actions on climate, and mayors will be the conduit for lasting change. Each city faces its unique challenges, needs, and opportunities. Advancing climate solutions benefits families, the economy, and the environment—and the time to act is now. Find out how to make an impact in your community by connecting with like-minded leaders at Path to Positive Communities.
Most Americans acknowledge climate change and believe it’s leading to higher sea levels and more extreme weather patterns, according to a Monmouth University Poll released Tuesday.
About 60 percent believe it’s a “very” or “somewhat” serious problem and another 64 percent say they’re in favor of government action to reduce the activities that lead to climate change and sea level rise, according to the poll.
“There’s a strong consensus of the problem and the need to take action,” said Tony MacDonald, director of Monmouth University’s Urban Coast Institute, which conducted the poll with the university’s polling institute.