Source: Cities Leading the Charge on Climate Change Action, National Geographic, August 21, 2013.
Notes: In an interview on CNN on New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg remarked,
"Cities do things and federal governments do not. Every year they get together at the United Nations. They talk about things, but there has virtually been no action (on climate change) at a federal level across the world.
Where as cities have taken something like a quarter of a billion tons of CO2 out of the air. Cities deliver services. The public knows whether the services are there or not there. Federal governments tend to re-alocate money, and they do it in ways that it very hard to track the results of any of their legislation."
Mayor Bloomberg was referring to the results of the the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. C40 is a network of the world's 63 largest and innovative cities taking climate actions on a local level. He is the Chairman of this group.
According to Bloomberg, the C40 does not "come and tell a mayor what to do for your city (on climate change). You're the mayor. You decide what is important for your city. What we can do is to come in and provide expertise to help you accomplish what you want to accomplish. We can network you with other cities who have done similar kinds of things. You can find out the pitfalls and you can get some advice. It is also very useful when you are trying to sell something to your constituents to say, 'Well, they do successfully elsewhere.' That is a very big help."
In a written editorial for CNN.com, Bloomberg proclaimed, "For the past two years,..Thanks to C40's research, we know that C40 Cities have taken more than 4,700 actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the possible effects of climate change.
In fact, C40 has the potential to reduce emissions by more than one billion tons a year by 2030 — which is equivalent to making both Canada and Mexico entirely carbon-neutral."
Bloomberg ended this editorial with this statement,
"Mayors are pragmatists, not partisans; innovators, not ideologues. We are responsible for delivering results, not debating politics. And as the world becomes increasingly more urban, the importance of bold local action -- particularly on climate change -- will continue to grow."
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