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The successful cities of the future will achieve greater mobility and zero pollution, through innovative, shared transportation models and strong networks. This is the vision of the partnership between C40 Cities and Mastercard.
In November 2017, C40 FSCI hosted a five-day Study Tour for city officials from C40 cities with ambitions to electrify their municipal bus fleets. Delegates from Auckland, Buenos Aires, Durban, Los Angeles, Quito, Santiago and Tshwane took part in a number of workshop sessions and site visits as they travelled through Warsaw, Brussels, Namur, Paris and Barcelona to learn best practices first-hand from pioneering electric bus operations in Europe.
‘Liveable Streets’ is a seminal 1981 work by the urban designer and theorist Donald Appleyard that compared the experiences of people living on three similar streets in San Francisco. The main variable between the streets was different levels of car traffic: one with 2,000 vehicles per day, one with 8,700 vehicles per day and a third with 15,750 vehicles per day. Appleyard’s key finding was that residents of the high traffic streets were less likely to know their neighbours and more likely to feel lonely and isolated from their community. The evidence of the negative physical, mental and social effects caused by living near busy roads has only grown in the subsequent years. By Mark Watts, C40 Executive Director
As we gear up for 2018, which will be an important turning point for staying on track with the goals of the Paris Agreement, it is interesting to look back to 2017 and take stock of the strong commitments that our C40 cities have made to climate action. Together and individually, we are “the new face of leadership” – as described by former US President Barack Obama at the North American Climate Summit in Chicago earlier this month. Together we offer hopes that we can and will address one of the greatest challenges of this century. The work has started in our cities and this month’s announcements in Chicago, Accra and Paris are raising the bar for 2018.
Moderated by Seth Schultz, Director of Science and Innovation at C40 Cities, this high-level side event examined the role of science in informing more effective urban climate action. The event aimed to highlight practical solutions and build engagement towards the 2018 Science Conference on Cities and Climate Change on March 5-7 in Edmonton, Canada.