Cities100 (2019 edition)
100 solutions for climate action in cities.
In October 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its landmark ‘Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C’ and the global conversation on the climate crisis changed forever. The scientific evidence is indisputable. Keeping global heating below 1.5°C is the only hope that we have of preventing irreversible disruption of the global water cycle, severely impacting global food security, exacerbating global inequality, and putting the health of
billions of people around the world at risk. All the evidence points to the same alarming conclusion: we are not on track.
The bottom line is: this generational battle against climate change is a moral imperative, an environmental emergency, and a massive economic opportunity. The ambition of the Paris Agreement, including the 1.5°C heating goal cannot be realised without urgent, coordinated efforts by nation states. Yet, just a handful of countries have set emissions reductions targets that are consistent with keeping global heating below 1.5°C. In contrast, more than 100 cities around the world have now committed, through C40’s Deadline 2020 initiative, to peak their emissions by 2020, halve them by 2030 and reach zero emissions by 2050. Today, it is mayors of the world’s great cities that are the most active and committed champions of the Paris Agreement.
Cities are on the front lines of climate change, feeling the impacts of record-breaking temperatures, rising sea levels, and climate related natural disasters. Mayors recognise that the actions they take today are key in securing a sustainable, prosperous and healthy future for their citizens, and all people on our shared planet. The first priority of a mayor is to protect their cities and their citizens. They can’t do that if the climate is in breakdown. Citizens need to know there will be a liveable planet and a place for them in it. Solutions to the climate crisis from the world’s leading cities
We are seeing cities and mayors rise to the challenges of the climate crisis whilst also acknowledging that climate breakdown is inherently unfair. The most vulnerable members of society disproportionately feel the impacts of climate change, including low-income communities, minorities, our oldest and youngest citizens. That is why cities are inviting marginalised groups and local people to help co-create sustainability plans, policies, and projects. In recognising that climate action and social justice must go hand in hand, cities are providing safe homes, creating dignified jobs, building green transport systems, and cleaning the air that all citizens breathe.
These actions are transforming the world’s urban centres, improving people’s lives whilst also ensuring cities continue to prosper. They are building a future based not on fear, but rooted in hope. The 2019 edition of Cities100 identifies the specific climate policies and projects setting the global standard for what action to deliver the 1.5°C global heating target looks like. The 100 solutions bear witness to the leadership of mayors in the global fight against climate change.