C40 Summit Video Blog Series: Andrew Steer, World Resources Institute President & CEO: "...cities need to be the solution..."

*Editor’s note: In partnership with the City of Johannesburg we conducted a series of video interviews with mayors, leading sustainability officials and partner thought leaders during the C40 Mayors Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa on February 4-6, 2014. Stay tuned for more video blogs like this one over the coming weeks.

In his interview at the C40 Mayors Summit in Johannesburg, Andrew Steer, President & CEO of the World Resources Institute, a C40 partner, said C40 mayors are on the cutting edge of whether or not we succeed or fail on climate change.

Referencing the 8,000 climate actions that C40 cities reported taking in Climate Action in Megacities 2.0, Dr. Steer argued that mayors drive progress because they are willing to test new ideas – and share best practices. He offered the example of bus rapid transit, which, was a relatively simple idea by the Mayor of Curitiba 40 years ago to ease congestion by reserving a dedicated bus lane. However, in today’s form, state-of-the-art BRT systems flourish in 200 cities around the world, offering multiple ancillary benefits, such as better public health and mobility, as well as safer streets and reduced pollution.

“Cities need to worry about the problem of climate change, but also cities need to be the solution to climate change…Throughout 4,000 years of modern history, cities have been the place where ideas flourish, where they’re created, because of the give and take among people.”

Watch Andrew Steer’s interview below.