City mayors from around the world unite for the ratification of the Paris climate deal.
30 mayors of cities including from London, Paris, Sydney, Cape Town, Tokyo and New York are urge governments, ahead of the G20 summit, to take action on climate change and to work to “build a low carbon, climate safe world”.
They are also calling for the rapid ratification of the Paris Agreement, and say that “this is only the first step along the road towards our low carbon, climate safe future”.
Mayors from C40 have written an open letter which stated: “To limit the global temperature increase to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, global greenhouse gas emissions need to peak by 2020… Achieving such a rapid shift is probably one of the greatest political, economic and practical challenges faced by every national leader, but you do have great allies in this task: we, the mayors of the megacities of the world.”
With the progressive ban of polluting cars, rolling out of fleets of electric buses and improving energy efficiency, concrete plans are being developed to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
The mayors said “We want our citizens, markets and other political leaders to know that we are serious about making the Paris Agreement a reality. We call on the heads of states from our respective nation states to do the same.”
The letter further urges immediate and effective action in order to boost the standards of living of citizens as well as economic development.
Cities have already started to face the effects of climate change – notably floods and earthquakes.