2018-03-10 20:15:12 UTC
An international gathering of experts that wrapped up in Edmonton
Wednesday ended with a call for cities to get on board with the fight
against climate change.
Scientific and political leaders from around the world committed to a
global research agenda to fight climate change on Wednesday, on the
final day of the Cities Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
More than 800 municipal leaders, scientists and academics attended the
The agenda will serve as a blueprint for how cities can play a greater
role in helping countries meet the targets set out within the 2016
Paris Climate Agreement, by bringing together the knowledge of
scientists and municipal leaders.
The conference also saw 10 urban and scientific organizations release
a joint statement on how they will work together to implement the
Mark Watts, executive director of C40 Cities, a climate change action
group who was one of the 10 organizations to commit to the agreement,
said the conference was perhaps the first really big step in getting
municipalities involved in the fight against climate change.
This has been a real milestone in creating an enhanced understanding
of the impacts of climate change at the urban level and the role of
cities in the implementation of the Paris Agreement, Watts said.
And I think its really laid a really strong foundation for much
better-informed climate decision making at the local level, he added.
Among the calls for action included in the agenda are better
evidence-based information, a greater effort to strengthen
partnerships between scientists and policy makers and to get everyday
citizens more engaged on the issue.
Cities must lead the global effort
The City of Edmonton announced a declaration reaffirming their
commitment to adhere to good scientific policy, calling on other
cities to join their efforts.
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