Monday, November 08, 2010

Solving Climate Change city by city


At the national level and many other levels, it seems impossible, despite the immediacy and severity of Climate Change, to get anywhere solving the Climate Change problem. The public and business and our public officials seem to believe that there are too many more important problems to be solved before Climate Change can be properly addresses.

They are wrong. There won’t be other problems if we don’t solve Climate Change. A planet overheating is going to disrupt everything. Maybe, instead of wholesale governmental effort to solve Climate Change, there will be a city-by-city effort to make the kind of large-scale changes that are needed—like:

 C40 Cities - Climate Leadership Group “C40 is a group of large cities committed to tackling climate change. On this website you will find news and updates on current C40 initiatives, information about each of the cities involved, and links to useful documents.”

In Rochester, NY we are working on that with the:

City of Rochester | Green Team “Mayor Duffy set up the Green Team to ensure that the City maintains and enhances its long-standing commitment to preserving, protecting, and restoring our natural resources. Representatives from every department provide expertise to guide the development of City policies and practices that are consistent with our Environmental Mission. ”

Wouldn’t it be good to connect Rochester’s Climate Change effort with all the cities around the world and work on this planetary issue together? Check this out:

Cities as Hubs of Energy and Climate Action - "A pair of energy and development specialists from the mayors’ offices in New York City and Los Angeles are going global.  Jay Carson, a former deputy Los Angeles mayor and aide to both Clintons, and  Rohit Aggarwala, the former chief sustainability advisor to New York City  Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, are going to work for  C40 Cities, a  coalition of cities in rich and developing countries working to initiate and share ways to cut emissions of greenhouse gases and boost resilience to impacts of climate change. " (November 7, 2010)  The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia

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