Today in Mexico City, 135 mayors from cities throughout the world signed a groundbreaking agreement on climate change, as a result of the World Mayors Summit on Climate (WMSC). Martha Delgado, Mexico City’s secretary of the environment and ICLEI vice president, had this to say about the agreement:
“Cities have great capacities to address climate change, even in the absence of a binding global treaty among nations, which is why we are here today. We are demonstrating the leadership of mayors and cities around the world to take action,”
The agreement, referred to as The Mexico City Pact, encourages cities to implement laws locally which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The mayors will follow up with the actions each of their cities have taken with the Carbon Cities Climate Registry (CCCR) to ensure accountability.
Leading the charge with the agreement was Mexico City, who in 2008 began a campaign to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 7 million metric tonnes in 2012.
Here’s to hoping their commendable actions are an example to cities – and nations – across the globe.