In addition to a leadership vacuum at the federal level – one of the most common arguments in favour of creating such groups – these coalitions also offer “strength in numbers”, according to a poll of mayors conducted by Lusk and Gunkel. The coalition, which now has 405 members representing 70 million Americans, was one of the most visible in a growing list of coalitions and organizations that wanted to demonstrate U.S. commitment to fighting climate change and reducing emissions. With We Are Still In (a group of companies and civil society leaders), C40 (an international group of mayors coming together to implement progressive climate policy), Ready for 100 (a Sierra Club campaign that advances renewable energy) and others, climate mayors have clashed with the narrative that the United States is abandoning its commitments and embodied the basic energy of change. Speak with a common voice on key climate policy concerns at local and federal level; • Milan has changed a large part of the city that is now dedicated to walking and cycling. It also plants 220,000 new trees, halves food waste and says it will be climate neutral by 2050. Giuseppe Sala, the mayor of Milan, said efforts to rebuild the city after the pandemic were inseparable from ongoing efforts to address the climate crisis. Peter Nierengarten, director of sustainability for Fayetteville, Arkansas, agrees. His city`s energy action plan — they deliberately renounce climate as a descriptor — already contained a number of aggressive targets, including 100% clean energy by 2050. Joining Climate Mayors helped structure what the city was trying to achieve and connect it with other like-minded communities. Cities were on the front lines of rolling back President Trump`s June 1, 2017 decision, with hundreds of mayors promising to adopt, honor and maintain the goals of the Paris Agreement.
The mayors of the C40 cities of Austin, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C. reaffirmed their commitment to respect the emission rules of the Paris Agreement. “Mayors don`t see climate change as an ideological problem. They see this as an economic and public health issue,” Michael R. Bloomberg said. Whatever the Trump administration`s decisions, mayors are determined to make further progress. The Challenge will work with our country`s most ambitious mayors to help them achieve their climate goals faster and faster. However, he added that it is not only about fighting climate change, but also about improving the future after the pandemic, from improving housing and green job security to affordable and clean public transport and tackling inequality. Michael Doust, programme director at C40, said it was a key moment when cities could demonstrate what is possible ahead of tomorrow`s climate summit and COP26 conference next year in Glasgow. There are no binding commitments as members of Climate Mayors, except that cities take meaningful action to advance the climate, and leaders are committed and motivated to work with other climate mayors: we will continue to lead.
We are investing more in renewable energy and energy efficiency. We will buy and create more demand for electric cars and trucks. We will intensify our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create a clean energy economy and advocate for environmental justice. And if the president wants to break the promises made to our allies in the historic Paris Agreement, we will build and strengthen relationships around the world to protect the planet from devastating climate risks. There is no formal procedure for mayors to join climate mayors. We need an email (email@example.com) from a competent authority in each city (usually a mayoral position, a chief of staff or a head of the political/environmental department. . . .
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