Mayors from across the United States partnered with C40 have urged President-Elect Donald Trump to recognize the “real and urgent threat that climate change poses to world’s cities,” and asked for his support as they attempt to combat climate change in their cities.
Speaking at the C40 Mayors Summit being held in Mexico City — run by the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, a network of the world’s megacities aiming to tackle climate change — the mayors of Washington D.C., Portland, Austin, Seattle, and Phoenix pointed to a new C40 research report which shows that the 12 US cities currently members of C40 have already taken nearly 2,400 individual actions to respond to climate change over the past decade.
“The science hasn’t changed,” said Mayor of Boston and C40 Vice Chair Martin J. Walsh, speaking from Boston. “The urgency hasn’t changed. As mayors of cities at the frontlines of climate change, we have a continued responsibility to carry forward solutions — even more so today than yesterday.”
The report, How US Cities Will Get The Job Done, reinforces the vital influence and impact resulting from action taken by US members of C40. The report further outlines that, if all US cities followed the lead shown by the C40 cities, by pursuing “deep, rapid emissions reductions,” that by 2025 cities in the US would contribute more than a third of the emissions reductions necessary for the US to achieve its commitments in the Paris Agreement.
“Mayors don’t look at climate change as an ideological issue. They look at it as an economic and public health issue,” explained C40 President of the Board and UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change Michael R. Bloomberg. “Regardless of the decisions of the incoming administration, US mayors will continue to deliver action and lead the way.”
“One election doesn’t change who we are in cities in America.” added Muriel Bowser, Mayor of Washington DC. “As mayors and citizens we are determined to lead the way on facing the climate crisis.”
“We hope that President-Elect Trump can be convinced to join us in providing this global leadership city leaders cross America are already showing,” said Charlie Hales, Mayor of Portland. “But if he doesn’t we will not be slowed down, with or without the support of the White House. The risks of not acting are just too severe.”
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