Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Climate Change cannot be solved alone:


There are three international organizations that Rochester, NY could (and maybe does) belong to that help coordinate Climate Change efforts. One thing is for sure, no community, no matter how effective, can solve their Climate Change issues alone.

Every city, including Rochester, is only a small fragment of our entire environment and Rochester’s climate will be greatly affected by what communities around the world do or don’t do to curb the use of greenhouse gases. You can learn more about the need for world-wide cooperation from cities on Climate Change in the Climate Change 101: Understanding and Responding to Global Climate Change | Pew Center on Global Climate Change.

Let’s hope Rochester, NY is a part of these three organizations because we cannot change the climate or live on a warming planet without the cooperation of all.

  • ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability “ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability is an association of over 1220 local government Members who are committed to sustainable development. Our Members come from 70 different countries and represent more than 569,885,000 people. ICLEI is an international association of local governments as well as national and regional local government organizations who have made a commitment to sustainable development. ICLEI provides technical consulting, training, and information services to build capacity, share knowledge, and support local government in the implementation of sustainable development at the local level. Our basic premise is that locally designed initiatives can provide an effective and cost-efficient way to achieve local, national, and global sustainability objectives.”
  • Clinton Climate Initiative | What We Do | William J. Clinton Foundation “The William J. Clinton Foundation launched the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) to create and advance solutions to the core issues driving climate change. CCI takes a holistic approach, addressing the major sources of greenhouse gas emissions and the people, policies, and practices that impact them. Working with governments and businesses around the world, CCI focuses on three strategic program areas: reducing emissions in cities, catalyzing the large-scale supply of clean energy, and working to stop deforestation. Cities |With a majority of the earth’s population now living in urban areas, cities contribute more than two-thirds of the world’s energy and account for more than 70 percent of global CO2 emissions. Through targeted projects, including building retrofits, outdoor lighting, and waste management, CCI’s Cities Program helps municipal governments, at their invitation, improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions.”
  • Mayors Climate Protection Center “Mayors Leading the Way on Climate Protection "Mayors have single-handedly taken action on climate protection efforts and in many cases, creatively launched local energy efficiency programs to help reduce our carbon footprint in American cities." - Tom Cochran, CEO & Executive Director, U.S. Conference of Mayors Mayors are on the front lines of impacting human behavior - from their work on recycling, to aids prevention, and prostate cancer, they are changing human behavior every day. This is one of many reasons why 1053 mayors continue to join The U.S. Conference of Mayors' Climate Protection Agreement, vowing to reduce carbon emissions in their cities below 1990 levels, in line with the Kyoto Protocol. Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels was the founder of this movement.”

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