Advocating for Action, President Obama Puts Forward Climate Plan That Recognizes City Efforts

“Those who already feel the effects of climate change don’t have the time to deny it—they’re busy dealing with it." -- President Obama

In a speech today, President Obama announced his new climate change agenda, which highlighted the actions cities and local communities are already taking to address this critical issue, and indicated a strong commitment to supporting these efforts. The sweeping agenda includes everything from establishing emissions guidelines to outlining vehicle emissions standards, fostering renewable energy rollouts, promoting clean technology, and moving international climate talks forward.

In a statement, C40 Chair, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said:

“President Obama is demonstrating the national leadership we need in the battle against climate change with the pragmatic action plan released today. The ambitious roadmap includes proposals to reduce carbon emissions and prepare for a changing climate – steps we must take to avoid the devastation and loss that come with extreme weather events like Hurricane Sandy…While action from Congress on comprehensive legislation to reduce carbon emissions is still needed, this proposal is a sound national strategy that reflects much of the work already going on in cities around the world.”

In addition to taking steps to reducing emissions, President Obama’s plan outlines several steps to encourage and empower local communities to prepare for and adapt to climate change impacts.

The President is also looking for the United States to contribute to a global solution – and to that end U.S. cities are playing their part. The 11 U.S.C40 cities– Austin, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington DC – are already hard at work addressing the needs of their cities. And in partnership with their global colleagues in the C40, are providing a roadmap for success by showing that by acting locally, cities are having an impact globally.

To see a recap of the full speech click here.