On the first day of COP21, mayors and citizens of C40 cities urge nations to act on climate change

PressRelease_Mayors from 25 Citys

As the global climate talks get underway in Paris today, the world’s great cities continue to show why they are an integral part of the conversation on climate change.

In a powerful message to world leaders, hundreds of thousands of people – by some estimates 785,000+ – from around the world took to the streets over the weekend for the Global Climate March, a worldwide movement calling for an ambitious climate agreement at COP21. Citizens from 17 C40 cities – including Tokyo, Sydney, Sao Paulo, New York and London – participated in the March, urging global decision makers to tackle climate change.

At the same time, the world’s leading mayors are also urging national leaders to reach an ambitious, universal climate agreement in Paris. As of today, 25 C40 mayors have signed the Earth Statement, an appeal to national political leaders to commit to eight essential elements of climate action at COP21, including: limiting warming to below 2 degrees Celsius; reaching a zero­carbon society by mid-century or shortly thereafter; safeguarding ecosystems; and providing additional climate finance to developing countries. If these actions are taken, according to the Statement, a climate safe future is still within reach.

The Earth Statement is written by leading scientists and economists who together form the Earth League. Earth League chair Professor Johan Rockström, and co-author of the Earth Statement, said:

We can still prevent dangerous climate change, but the window of opportunity is rapidly shrinking. In Paris in December, world leaders must agree to phase out fossil fuels by 2050 and safeguard sustainable development for all.

The Earth Statement has received endorsements from global leaders in the business, religious, academic, and political communities, including Al Gore, Desmond Tutu, Gro Harlem Brundtland, and Sir Richard Branson.

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