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Across the nation, cities and non-governmental partner organizations are leading the way toward tackling the issue of climate change. Mayors of three major U.S. cities – Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Houston – have joined together to co-found the U.S.-based Mayors’ National Climate Action Agenda (MNCAA), a mayor-to-mayor initiative to get local governments to commit to creating climate action plans for their individual cities.
The Agenda compliments and builds off of existing efforts, striving to leverage the leadership of these three mayors to create a mayor led effort which would be unique in that it would be the only such initiative currently underway. So far, more than two dozen mayors have joined the Agenda.
In August, with less than 100 days until the opening of the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris, France on November 30, 2015, Mayors Michael A. Nutter of Philadelphia, Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles, and Annise Parker of Houston, founders of the MNCAA, kicked off the #ClimateMayors twitter campaign.
The MNCAA initiative aims to help cities set significant emission reduction targets; standardize municipal inventories to be able to better compare data between cities regardless of size; establish a U.S. template for climate action plans; and develop a municipal off-set protocol.
“Climate change isn’t a political issue–it’s a reality for cities, many of which are right now enduring drought, extreme weather, and wildfires as a result,” Mayors Nutter, Garcetti and Parker said in a joint statement. “As President Obama said at the Clean Energy Summit, the Clean Power Plan and other efforts to produce clean energy are critical for our Nation’s economy. These efforts are big steps forward, but we need Congress to step up and support binding U.S. greenhouse gas reduction targets.
“That’s why we are kicking off our #ClimateMayors campaign in the final 100 days before the opening of the COP21 discussions in Paris. As we said in June, we call on our federal leaders to pursue the strongest possible agreement in Paris and urge our fellow mayors to help us convey this message by signing the Compact of Mayors, committing to city-level climate action plans and joining with us in the MNCAA.”