On behalf of C40 Cities, I would like to thank the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for its Working Group 1, 6th assessment report, which sets the gold standard for climate science.
The findings of this report are stark, but the science is clear: every fraction of global heating matters, and keeping global temperature rise under 1.5°C is still within reach if we act quickly and decisively. That makes this the single most important decade in human history -- one that will define and determine whether life sustains as we know it. That means taking urgent action to halve global emissions by 2030, a feat that can’t be accomplished unless we come together to deliver a Global Green New Deal.
The G20 plays a decisive role in world politics but will have to look to cities, their leadership, and the concrete actions they are taking on the ground in order to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement. Read more from C40's David Miller.
Proper investment in mass transit is absolutely vital to a green and just recovery from the pandemic, providing millions of good green jobs, cutting carbon emissions and improving equity in cities. Now is the time to be accelerating investment in public transport.
By Raymond Johansen, Governing Mayor of Oslo & Mark Watts, Executive Director C40 Cities
Youth activists across the globe are striking to demand urgent, concrete, and ambitious action from world leaders in response to the climate crisis. On their list of immediate actions is a call for annual binding carbon budgets, in line with the science, to give us a chance of limiting global heating to 1.5°C. Oslo has used annual carbon budgets to cut emissions in the city since 2016. This model is being used in other cities seeking to do the same.