The Americans chose the mayors who were interested in climate change

Pro-environment was the winning strategy for Mayor of this country.

In mid-2018, the 10 largest city in America won the election of twelve mayor, and mayors – Democrats and Republicans – followed by pro-environment policies. All six may have demonstrated their commitment to signing a global agreement on climate and energy in May, including: Austin, California and Louisville, Kentucky, Greg Fischer and Austin's Texas Steven Adler. . In other big cities the winners of the Mayor's election were not so happy – two winners, two lost and two facing faces.

Of course, voters will discuss many issues when they are carrying out the ballot paper. It is unlikely that the environment was a crucial issue in these issues. However, the mayors, which are prioritized in the environment, seem to change their cities. The 2018 positive election was not an anomaly – all 15 mayors who signed an agreement and in the last two years demanded to take part in the ballot box as a rule in a large amount.

Proactive measures of mayors are not only popular. I believe that the global response to climate change is an important part of the response.

Civil society and environmental policy scientist – this is only one positive sign that I see not only in American cities, but across the globe.

Climate change is necessary

One month before the elections, the main intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change was published about the risks associated with climate change. It was bad news. Our planet is likely to reach the global temperature temperatures of 1.5 degrees in the early 2030s. One billion people regularly stand up to enormous heat conditions. It will increase from sea level, with 31 to 69 million people to be flooded. 90 to 90 percent of coral reef die. Fishing footage will be reduced by 1.5 million tons. And if it is lucky and the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees, it will not be easy.

As my colleague Garry Yohe recalls New York Times The article, "2 degrees is aspirational and 1.5 degrees ridiculously aspirational." At the time when we want to become more ambitious in solving our global problem, the United States has expelled the Paris Agreement and demolishes its clean energy and other climate policies. One of my students recently expressed a feeling of indifferent feelings: "I'm wondering if I can do the best thing, just a backyard and compost."

So let me say: there is hope. Although the United States president can not make much progress, there are many other people. Elections of the pro-environment Mayors and Gamgebelis are one of the most remarkable signs.

Cities are leading

The number of American cities has gained global reputation for their innovative response to climate change.

As one of the most polluted cities in the US, Pittsburgh has demonstrated how creative cooperation with private sector, non-profit, philanthropists and academics can become one of the most populous cities in toxic urban environments.

Inclination to climate change has become especially aggressive for the failure of climate change disasters, including drought, fire and storm osteine. He is ready to allocate crude oil greenhouse gases by 2050. Its innovations include development and dissemination of renewable energy in the field of green technology, climate protection and revival. Austin's pro-ecological efforts will turn the city into a more pleasant place for its residents and look better for the planet.

In San Francisco, which reduced its carbon emissions by 30% in 1990- 2016, the Global Leadership has been strengthened by the 2018 Climate Action Summit, which has gathered 4,500 leaders from local authorities, NGOs and businesses in climate change. The sum has caused a number of corporative and city obligations to become a neutral and neutral carbon to invest in climate operations.

New York has reduced its radiation in 2005 and by 15% compared to 2015. Its residents are a carbon footprint that is one third of the average. The United States financial capital may become champion of oil division.

These American cities are not alone. They are part of a global movement to combat climate change. The Global Agreement on Climate and Energy Mayors has 9,000 local governments of 127 countries, representing more than 770 million people who are ready to climate change. C40, ICLEI, Metropolis, United Cities, and local governments and other organizations help find cities that work and implement.

Just as in the US, global cities also make significant progress on climate change. Tokyo has reduced energy consumption by 20 percent from 2000 to 2000, with 41 percent and 42 percent in industrial and transport sectors. By 2015, the City of London has decreased by 25% since the 1990s and has been reduced by 33% from acute emissions since 2000.

These cities are not preparing for presidents and prime ministers to make changes that improve the lives of tens of millions of people by improving air quality, rising risk and expanding green space through the global emissions curve.

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