A summit of mayors committed to “protecting the planet,” led by New York City Michael Bloomberg, will meet in Johannesburg next year to discuss ways to advance urban solutions to climate change.
“While nations and international bodies meet to talk about these issues, the C40 Cities Mayors Summit is focused on the concrete actions we can take to protect the planet and grow our cities,” Bloomberg said in a statement on Tuesday.
Bloomberg is chairman of the Climate Leadership Group, which holds a climate change summit every two years with mayors from some of the largest cities on every continent.
Cities are the solution to climate change, CLG says, because they consume more than two-thirds of the world’s energy and account for more than 70 percent of global CO2 emissions.
“For centuries, cities have helped foster some of mankind’s greatest ideas,” the group’s website says. “It is no stretch of the imagination to believe that cities will now take the lead in addressing climate change.”
Bloomberg has carried out his own climate change campaign in New York City with his PlaNYC initiative, launched in 2007. His plan aims to make New York “the greenest city.” As part of PlaNYC, the city has greened 15 percent of its taxi fleet and adopted the most ambitious green energy code in the country.