C40 Summit Video Blog Series: Secretary General Susana Muhamad, City of Bogotá discusses how C40 inspires collaboration, continuous learning

*Editor’s note: In partnership with the City of Johannesburg we conducted a series of video interviews with mayors, leading sustainability officials and partner thought leaders during the C40 Mayors Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa on February 4-6, 2014. Take a look at our growing catalogue of video blogs to date…and stay tuned for more over the coming weeks.

In an interview at the C40 Mayors Summit in Johannesburg, Secretary General Susana Muhamad from the City of Bogota talked about the “productive collaboration, continuous learning and inspiration” her city has gained from participation in the C40 network. From C40’s Brazilian cities, for example, Bogota has learned about bringing informal “garbage pickers” into the formal waste management system of the city; from London it learned about how to upgrade its bus fleet to new, clean technologies. And Bogota is also exporting good practices, like its pioneering experience in developing and implementing Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems.

Citing a recent land use plan that calls for moving entire communities away from flood-prone areas and into the city centre, Muhamed noted that implementing climate actions requires an investment in building public understanding of the urgency of the issue:

“Sometimes people think climate change is more like a story, and that it will happen sometime very far away in the future, even though two years ago we had really big flooding in Bogota, it’s really difficult for people to get the sense of urgency that you need to do some very important changes right now. It requires a lot of education to the stakeholders for them to really embark on a change agenda in a city.”

Watch Secretary General Muhamad’s interview below.