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Mayors around the world vow to fight climate change with or without Trump

02 December 2016 | Mitigation

Mayors from some of the world's largest cities said in Mexico City on Wednesday that they will continue their fight against climate change even if the next president of the United States, Donald Trump, withdraws his nation from the Paris Agreement.

Discussions at the Mayors Summit of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, which runs from Wednesday to Friday, focus around promoting actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as the group believe that big cities have a crucial role in the fight against climate change.

The mayor of Paris and next president of the C40 Mayors Summit, Anne Hidalgo, said at the inaugural conference on Wednesday that the purpose of the meeting is to prove to that the issue of climate change is not last year's agenda, but is for today and tomorrow.

Hidalgo also promised to push "for the world's biggest and most influential cities to mobilize to make sure the Paris Agreement is fulfilled."

Amid threats from Trump to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said US cities would remain committed to fighting climate change.

The mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore, addressed American cities, telling them that her own city suffered from having Malcolm Turnbull as prime minister, whom she likened to Trump for their similar positions on climate change.

Meanwhile, the mayor of Rio de Janeiro and current president of the C40 Summit, Eduardo Paes, said that although the US' relationship with the Paris Agreement is uncertain, he believes that "the role of the cities is very important."

Miguel Angel Mancera, the head of the Mexico City government, also pointed out that local governments "have a lot to say" and insisted that climate change "is not something that is in the imagination".

The opening ceremony was also joined by the mayors of Milan, Copenhagen, Amman and Cape Town, as well as Hong Kong Secretary of Environment Wong Kam Sing.

The C40 connects more than 70 cities and represents more than 550 million people and a quarter of the global economy.

According to estimates, 70 percent of the cities in the group experience flooding, drought and extreme heat as a result of climate change.

 

 

Source: Fox News