Mayors from around the country meet to combat climate change.
By Sam Catanzaro
Cities are critical actors in the global response to climate change, especially when it comes to infrastructure investments that must be made towards meeting the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. Santa Monica Mayor Ted Winterer demonstrated Santa Monica’s commitment to meeting these requirements last week at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco when he signed onto Deadline 2020, a roadmap for cities committed to delivering on the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.
“My great pleasure and honor to commit SM to the Deadline 2020 climate goals along with mayors of other cities from the U.S, and around the world,” Mayor Winterer wrote in a September 14 tweet.
This summit brought together leaders and city officials from around the world to highlight the achievements of states, regions, cities, companies, citizens and investors with respect to climate action. It is intended to serve as a launchpad for worldwide commitments and accelerated action from countries to meet the Paris Agreement to prevent climate change from getting out of control.
“The decarbonization of the global economy is in sight. Transformational changes are happening across the world and across all sectors as a result of technological innovation, new and creative policies and political will at all levels,” writes Global Climate Action Summit on their website. “States and regions, cities, businesses and investors are leading the charge on pushing down global emissions by 2020, setting the stage to reach net zero emissions by midcentury. ”