The path to a green, just and prosperous future starts with action and investment in the world’s cities
In the run-up to the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference, COP26, cities made significant headway in confronting the climate crisis through ambitious action. Mayors and the cities they lead are on track to hit emissions reduction targets, and alongside a coalition including civil society groups, business, labour unions and activists are delivering health benefits, creating jobs and tackling systemic inequality.
But even with the most ambitious plans and actions, mayors and their coalition partners cannot do this job alone. Nation states must step up to the plate and shift gears, so that policy and investment decisions today are big and bold enough to achieve the clear science-based targets that must be achieved over the remainder of this decade.
At COP26, C40 mayors will make the case for a green and just recovery from the COVID pandemic that prioritises investing in crucial public services, protecting mass transit, creating green jobs, supporting essential workers, ensuring access to healthy and sustainable food, and giving public spaces back to people and nature.
Cities are leading the way – they continue to demonstrate the highest level of climate ambition – and national governments and others should meet them at this level at COP26. The time to act is now.
Global Cities Climate Action Exhibition
The exhibition spotlights transformative initiatives from Auckland, Beijing, Bogotá, Istanbul, Jakarta, Lima, London, Los Angeles, Mumbai, Nairobi and Washington, D.C.
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