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Global Leadership on Climate Change

Cities are the global centers of communication, commerce and culture. What our cities do
individually and in unison can set the agenda for a sustainable future.

A Global Opportunity for Cities to Lead

In terms of size, cities occupy only two percent of Nimble city governments often have closer
the world’s landmass. But in terms of climate relationships with their businesses, residents
impact, they leave an enormous footprint. Cities and institutions than state and national
consume over two-thirds of the world’s energy and governments, allowing new policies to be
account for more than 70% of global CO2 implemented more quickly and decisively.
emissions. And with 90 percent of the world’s
urban areas situated on coastlines, cities are at C40 Cities are working to reduce
high risk from some of the devastating impacts of greenhouse gas emissions significantly
climate change, such as rising sea levels and and provide proven models that other
powerful coastal storms. cities and national governments can
As part of the climate change problem, cities also
have the opportunity to be integral to its
For centuries, cities have helped foster some
of mankind’s greatest ideas. It is no stretch of
Cities are on the frontlines of global climate the imagination to believe that cities will now
change and are also well-positioned to play a take the lead in addressing climate change.
leadership role in driving global action to address
climate change.

Infographic: Addressing Climate Change Begins in the City

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