“Mayors are on the frontlines of democracy and citizens look to mayors to ensure the air they breathe is clean and free from fossil fuel pollution. It our responsibility as mayors to defend our cities against any dangers that will harm our citizens, and this includes the White House’s plan to roll back national fuel efficiency standards.
“As the Chair of C40 Cities, the network of the 92 world's greatest cities committed to act on climate and on air quality, I stand in solidarity with my American friends and colleagues who are standing up for the health of their citizens, the long-term prosperity of their cities, and the innovative capacity of the American industry. I especially want to express my support to the 69 million Americans represented through Climate Mayors who have made a strong statement opposing the White House's roll back of this important policy.
“I congratulate these cities on their resolve, and welcome any cities that wish to deepen their commitment to join a group of twelve C40 cities – including Los Angeles and Seattle – that have signed the C40 Green & Healthy Streets Declaration, committing to procuring only zero – emission buses from 2025 and ensuring a major area of our cities are zero emissions by 2030. This effort will not only cut greenhouse gas emissions, but also will save lives, preventing more than 45,000 premature deaths each year.
“Together, mayors have the power to change the world. No matter the roadblocks, we will prevail.”
Learn more about the declaration here.