Monday, December 11, 2017

Over 50 cities sign Chicago Climate Charter

cities are taking climate matters into their own hands. At the North American Climate Summit, over 50 mayors representing tens of millions of people, have committed to this charter. It’s a simple document, a page of Whereas statements and a page with these commitments:

By signing the Chicago Climate Charter, cities are pledging to:
  • Achieve a percent reduction in carbon emissions in line with the Paris Agreement; 
  • Quantify, track and publicly report city emissions, consistent with standards
  • and best practices of measurement and transparency;
  • Advocate alongside other mayors for greater local authority and flexibility to develop policies and local laws that empower cities to take aggressive action on climate;
  • Recognize and include groups traditionally underrepresented in climate policy;
  • Incorporate the realities of climate change and its impacts into local infrastructure and emergency planning through strategies of adaptation and resilience;
  • Support strong regional, state and federal policies and partnerships, as well as private sector initiatives, that incentivize the transition to a new climate economy; and
  • Partner with experts, communities, businesses, environmental justice groups, advocates and other allies to develop holistic climate mitigation and resilience solutions.

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