Climate Action Goes Local
DAY 71 ACTION: Has your city signed the Climate Protection Agreement or joined the Mayors’ National Climate Action Agenda? If not, call your Mayor today!
“Cities are on the front lines of battling the extreme weather caused by climate change, [and m]ayors are helping lead the way to find solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions”. – Former Houston Mayor Anisse Parker, in 2014
Think of yesterday’s action as a privacy Public Service Announcement. Today, we return to our previously scheduled theme of climate change.
In the days since Trump signed an executive order reversing eight years of climate policy, he’s faced vocal opposition from U.S. cities. The Mayors’ National Climate Action Agenda (MNCAA) issued a strong rebuke of Trump and pledged to work on climate issues without him.
Cities have been on the front lines of climate action for over a decade. In 2005, the U.S. Conference of Mayors drafted a Climate Protection Agreement; by signing, cities pledged to reduce carbon emissions 7% below 1990 levels by 2012. In 2014, the targets got tougher. Over 1,000 cities have signed.
In 2014, cities also launched the MNCAA, pushing for binding carbon targets in the U.S. and a climate treaty. They are fairly evenly divided between Republican and Democratic mayors – at the local level, climate change is not as partisan. 75 cities represent 41 million Americans in the MNCAA.
Cities are reducing emissions while creating jobs and livable communities, by switching municipal fleets to no-emission vehicles; retrofitting building stock to use less energy; diverting waste from landfills; promoting commuter use of bus and rail; and facilitating solar projects. Some cities are getting really innovative – Las Vegas is taking steps to become a net-zero user of energy and water.
If the federal government isn’t going to lead on climate change, we can act from the ground up!
Today’s Action: Consult the maps to see if your city is one of the 1,065 to have signed the Climate Protection Agreement or the 75 in the Mayors’ National Climate Action Agenda. (If you live in a small town, look up a city nearby!) If not, call the mayor and urge them to sign!