Through C40, cities around the world have made commitments to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and lead the way towards a healthier and more sustainable future. They no longer ask “WHY,” but “HOW”. City leaders are applying new solutions for healthier and more sustainable buildings and streets – on the ground, up in the air and down the waste bin. Now, it´s time for solutions to reach our plates!
Nine out of ten people worldwide breathe polluted air, according to the latest figures released by the World Health Organisation this month. 7 million people die every year from exposure to fine particles in polluted air, the vast majority of them in the world’s cities. These pollutants released from vehicles, industry, open burning of trash and polluting fuels, are also contributing towards climate change.
As urbanisation increases, more food is being produced and more food is being wasted. Particularly for cities, wasted food creates severe environmental and public health consequences. But it also presents opportunities to make a positive impact. It has been estimated that managing food waste sustainably could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 518 million tonnes per year globally, which is the equivalent of taking all the cars in the European Union off the road.
Paris, Mexico City and C40’s City Diplomacy Programme recently participated in the United Nations’ Talanoa Dialogue, an unprecedented opportunity for cities and all other members of civil society to assess our global efforts in relation to the objectives of the Paris Agreement.