Co-Founders of the US-focused Mayors’ National Climate Action Agenda Join President Obama in Calling for City Leaders to Sign the International Compact of Mayors and Commit to Climate Action Plans
Philadelphia, August 25, 2015 — Mayor Michael A. Nutter, Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles, and Mayor Annise Parker of Houston kicked off the #ClimateMayors twitter campaign in the final 100 days before the opening of the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris, France on November 30, 2015.
Mayors Nutter, Parker and Garcetti, who co-founded the U.S.-focused Mayors’ National Climate Action Agenda (MNCAA) after serving together on President Obama’s Climate Task Force, echoed President Obama’s remarks yesterday at the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas, NV, by calling for their fellow mayors to join them in the MNCAA and commit to creating climate action plans for their cities.
The MNCAA is a domestic, mayor-to-mayor initiative to help cities set significant emission reduction targets; standardize municipal inventories to be able to better compare data between cities regardless of size; establish a U.S. template for climate action plans; and develop a municipal off-set protocol. MNCAA-participating mayors announced in June their support for strong federal action on climate change in the face of Congressional gridlock and for the President to negotiate for the strongest possible climate agreement at the UN climate change negotiations in Paris.
“Climate change isn’t a political issue–it’s a reality for cities, many of which are right now enduring drought, extreme weather, and wildfires as a result,” Mayors Nutter, Garcetti and Parker said in a joint statement. “As President Obama said at the Clean Energy Summit, the Clean Power Plan and other efforts to produce clean energy are critical for our Nation’s economy. These efforts are big steps forward, but we need Congress to step up and support binding U.S. greenhouse gas reduction targets. That’s why we are kicking off our #ClimateMayors campaign in the final 100 days before the opening of the COP21 discussions in Paris. As we said in June, we call on our federal leaders to pursue the strongest possible agreement in Paris and urge our fellow mayors to help us convey this message by signing the Compact of Mayors, committing to city-level climate action plans and joining with us in the MNCAA.”
The Mayors National Climate Action Agenda includes 28 U.S. cities and is complemented at the international level by the Compact of Mayors, a global cooperative effort among more than 100 mayors and city officials committed to reducing local greenhouse gas emissions, enhancing resilience to climate change, and tracking progress transparently. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, his Special Envoy Michael R. Bloomberg, and city networks including Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI), C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) and United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) are working together to highlight and engage cities in the lead-up to COP21. In the United States, the efforts of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network has been important in advancing MNCAA, including through the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN)-led Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance.
Cities not only suffer the consequences of climate change, they generate 70 percent of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions.
The City of Philadelphia is advancing climate mitigation and adaptation efforts through Greenworks, its comprehensive sustainability plan, now in its seventh year of implementation. To understand what climate change will mean for Philadelphia, the City worked with climate scientists to formulate projections for the region. Over the past year, departments have been working as part of an inter-agency working group to bring those projections into an active planning process to effectively integrate climate considerations into decision making processes. This fall, the City will publish a report resulting from this work, identifying risk and climate action opportunities across city government operations.
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The Mayors National Climate Action Agenda (MNCAA) includes:
* Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor
* Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron
* Austin Mayor Steve Adler
* Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed
* Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates
* Boulder Mayor Matt Appelbaum
* Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter
* Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman
* Denver Mayor Michael Hancock
* Fort Collins Mayor Wade Troxell
* Houston Mayor Annise Parker
* Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges
* Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf
* Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer
* Park City Mayor Jack Thomas
* Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter
* Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton
* Portland Mayor Charlie Hales
* Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker
* San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee
* San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo
* Seattle Mayor Ed Murray
* Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland