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platform for sharing important, diverse perspectives on current
issues from C40 Mayors, field staff, partners and international
When you hear the word ‘nature,’ what doyou think about? A pristine beach? Maybe your favorite wild animal? Nature means different things to different people. But do you think of nature as a powerful source of protection from storms, rising sea levels and other negative impacts of climate change? If you don’t, then you should.
This month, C40 will highlight Cool Cities: the cities working to address our overheated urban spaces. The Cool Cities Network is a city-driven partnership between C40 and the Global Cool Cities Alliance to share the successes, and challenges that cities experience as they strive to achieve a cooler, more resilient future.
To fully understand how cities contribute to overall emission reductions, I believe that cities need to measure and report emission reductions from their climate change mitigation projects. Measurement and reporting help us understand potential cost savings from our projects, inform our decision-making processes and help us to identify risks and opportunities of projects. As the old adage goes, ‘You cannot manage what you cannot measure.’
This month, C40 is exploring what it takes to create a sustainable neighbourhood. Anyone who lives in a city – no matter how big or small – knows that we experience the city through our local neighbourhoods: the places where we live, work and play. If mayors, urban planners, businesses and citizens can make these individual communities green, then they will be well on their way to making their city truly sustainable and resilient to the most devastating impacts of climate change.