In this exclusive interview with the C40 News Team during the Summit in Sao Paulo, Mayor Mike Bloomberg talks about why the role mayors and cities play is critical to combatting the impact of global climate change: “Cities are on the front line because federal and national and international organizations aren’t doing anything.”
Cities can reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and cultivate a new fuel source by managing methane emissions from landfills, Lawson Oates, Director of Toronto’s Environment Office, told the C40 News Team. Methane is 21-times more potent than carbon dioxide as a GHG, making urban waste management efforts all the more important. And through creative planning and resource allocation, many cities can address the methane issue head on, turning a problem into an asset.
Dealing with the climate crisis requires cooperation at the global level, while city-level planning and innovation around climate and energy issues also have a crucial role to play, Rio+20 Secretary General Sha Zukang said in remarks delivered at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., yesterday.
Cities are already implementing climate solutions, and a key ongoing task for these leaders is to apply pressure at the federal level to encourage world governments to undertake their own climate initiatives, Lord Mayor of Heidelberg, Eckart Würzner, told the C40 News Team.
Houston Mayor Annise Parker has been honored for her city’s innovative work to improve the energy efficiency of the city’s public and private building stock. The C40 City mayor received a first place award in the large city category of the 2011 Mayors’ Climate Protection Awards, an initiative sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Walmart.