From shutting down coal-fired power plants to changing how they handle waste, cities around the world are taking bold actions to address global climate change.
They’re doing so even as their counterparts at the national level are not expected to act on commitments they made last year under the Paris Agreement until 2020. Meanwhile, the dedication of the U. S. government to the climate fight has been thrown into doubt by the election of Donald Trump.
Against this backdrop, 11 cities received global recognition yesterday for their efforts at the fourth annual C40 Cities Awards in Mexico City. The awards were handed out on the sidelines of a summit of mayors whose cities are among the 90 members of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.
At the mayoral confab, it was widely acknowledged that cities will increasingly need to shoulder the burden of both mitigating the causes of climate change and adapting to its impacts in this uncertain era.