Our shared planet is facing a climate emergency. The science is clear that, without urgent action, sea levels will rise further, extreme temperatures will become the norm and climate-related disasters will inflict even greater damage. We are making historic investments to prepare and adapt our cities to the inevitable consequences of emissions already released into the atmosphere.
By Lia Cairone, New York City Mayor’s Office of Sustainability & Patricia Himschoot, Buenos Aires Agencia de Protección Ambiental
In our cities, we know how crucial it is to limit global heating to 1.5°C. If we fail to adequately address the climate crisis, we will face rising sea levels, rising temperatures, and dangerous storms. We also know that the impacts of climate change will not be experienced equally. Around the world, the poorest and most vulnerable will bear the burden of the most severe impacts.
At its first Leadership Board meeting in July 2019, the Mayors Migration Council discussed the need for cities to respond to the migration and refugee challenges in an inclusive way, promote peace and strengthen democracy.
By Dr Lucy Mahoney, Network Manager, Walking and Cycling.China is famed for its cycling. From the age-old iconic images of cyclists roaring through historic cityscapes to the modern-day infiltration of dockless bike share schemes, cycling really is ubiquitous in China. There was a decline in cycling mode share in the ‘Kingdom of Bicycles’ from 1995, alongside a colossal rise in car ownership. Many cities across China however are now enjoying a major cycling revival.
The Executive Mayor of Johannesburg, Herman Mashaba, outlines the participation needed from investors to maximize African cities' potential to fight climate change on the heels of the first-ever C40 Financing Sustainable African Cities Forum.