COPENHAGEN – Nearly one hundred of the world’s main cities on Wednesday pledged to support a new global green pact that recognizes the climate crisis is urgent.
City leaders have said they will deliver proactive policies to ensure global temperature increases do not exceed 1.5 degrees by the end of the century at the C40 World Mayors Summit in Copenhagen.
“As mayors, our first responsibility is to protect the lives of our citizens, and the climate crisis poses the greatest risk to health and prosperity,” the host and representative of the Danish capital, Frank Jensen, told a news conference.
Paris, New York, London and Madrid are just some of the C40 cities that have backed the pledge to combat climate change.
The C40 has gathered mayors of 94 cities at the climate summit which will be held until 12 October in a bid to agree on common solutions.
The agreement aims to reduce emissions in the most polluting sectors: transport, industry, construction and waste management.
On Tuesday, the C40 announced that 30 of its cities have already lowered their emissions an average of 22%, and the host city Copenhagen has managed to reduce its emissions by a whopping 62%.
The group emphasized its intention to fight global warming adding that the issue was at the heart of its decisions and that those economies that are highly dependent on polluting industries should undergo a fair transition to a green economy.
A call to avoid the most devastating consequences of the climate emergency would mean reducing emissions by half by 2030.
To meet this target communities will have to make considerable adjustments such as replacing cars that use fossil fuels with cleaner alternatives.
Political leaders, investors and city representatives are just some of those at the C40 who have pledged to collaborate closely with the youngest in society “to help them shape the sustainable future they want.”
“We all know that the most vulnerable are those who are suffering the most from warming,” said Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, who will hand over the presidency of the C40 to her Los Angeles counterpart Eric Garcetti.
“The new global green pact must be a collective project,” she concluded.