Fighting Climate Change Can Boost Jobs, Cut Inequality

New York — "Cities are taking matters into our own hands, because we have no illusion that things will change otherwise"

U.S. cities can create jobs and cut social inequality as they reduce global warming but must act quickly since the nation took a "wrong turn" on climate change, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Monday. Some 300 cities have stepped up and said they would work to meet the Paris climate goals, sidestepping President Donald Trump's decision to pull the country out of the 2015 pact to limit global warming, the mayor said.

"We know there's no time for complacency, and we can't wait for anyone else to save us," the Democratic mayor told a meeting of urban experts organized by the Rockefeller Foundation-backed 100 Resilient Cities.

"Cities are taking matters into our own hands, because we have no illusion that things will change otherwise," he said.

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