The role of cities have an huge impact on many of our Global cities challenges.
Cities are also a key player to implement solutions. One of the C40-groups front players -Mayor Michael Blomberg of New York believes that governments are doing too little to address the problem of global warming, is donating $50 million to the Sierra Club’s grass-roots campaign to block the construction of new coal-fired power plants and shut down existing ones. (Coal provides nearly half the nation’s electricity and about one-third of its emissions of carbon dioxide.) In May, he pledged nearly $20 million to C40, a group of cities around the world that are trying to reduce greenhouse gases.
Using various strategies, including public protests and letter-writing campaigns, the Sierra Club says it has already defeated proposals for more than 150 new coal-fired power plants across the country. In one case, the group persuaded developers to abandon plans to build a coal-fired plant near Mesquite, Nev., and build instead a cleaner, gas-fired plant and a smaller solar voltaic plant. The effort included a national call-in targeted at the Blackstone Group, a major Wall Street firm and part owner of the project.
Mr. Bloomberg said that the campaign appealed to him because it was based at the state and local levels and was committed to getting concrete results. The $50 million will allow the Sierra Club to broaden its reach.
Read the full article in The new York Times
See also the interview with Ilmar Reepalu, Mayor of Malmö