Philadelphia, December 14, 2015 — Mayor Michael A. Nutter released the following statement in support of the recent agreement reached in Paris at COP21, the United Nations Conference on Climate Change:
“The recent agreement reached at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris is the strongest signal yet that the international community is united to address climate change. I want to commend President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and the U.S. negotiating team for their leadership and hard work.
Cities across the world are on the front lines planning for and responding to the changing climate, playing a crucial role to reduce carbon emissions and build a climate resilient future. With a new agreement now in place, cities will be central to developing and implementing solutions to meet national and international carbon reduction and clean energy targets.
In Philadelphia, we are already taking action by planning for warmer temperatures, more precipitation, extreme weather, and sea level rise. The City recently released its first climate adaptation plan and partnered with Drexel University to produce a report that explored an 80-percent carbon reduction framework by 2050 in Philadelphia.
Coordination will be essential to achieve the scale of change that is required. I have joined with leading mayors from around the country through the Mayor’s National Climate Action Agenda, a mayor-to-mayor initiative that offers a collaborative forum for cities to share best practices and lessons learned in reporting and reducing greenhouse gas emissions and working together to build political consensus across the nation. As #ClimateMayors, we will focus on doing our part to implement the new agreement through city-level work across the U.S. and we will continue working with our constituents on new steps to respond to climate change.
Nationally, we will continue pushing back against shortsighted political efforts by Congress to reverse course, including to stop the Clean Power Plan. In acknowledging the realities of climate change and leading with climate action in our nation’s cities, we will build healthier, more prosperous, and more competitive America.”
Read the City of Philadelphia’s climate adaptation plan: http://www.phila.gov/green/PDFs/Growing%20Stronger.pdf.
Read Drexel University’s 80X50 report: file:///C:/Users/Andrew.Sharp/Downloads/Reducing%20GHG%20in%20PhiladelphiaFINALrev112315.pdf.