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Video: Mayors Unite to Take Action on Climate Change Impacts at Rio+C40

In 2012, The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group continued to make impressive gains in combating the impacts of global climate change. The C40’s milestone event for the year came in June when C40 mayors from around the world gathered in Rio de Janeiro for Rio+C40 to announce aggressive emissions reductions gains and goals for the future, with C40 Cities Chair and Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg:

“Even as progress at the national and international levels has faltered, it’s fair to say the world’s cities have forged ahead. Megacities are indeed taking action on climate change, action that is also improving the public health, enhancing the quality of life, and increasing economic opportunity for the people that we serve.”

To watch a video of the announcement and the impressive proceedings in Rio, see above, or click here.

The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) is a network of large and engaged cities from around the world committed to implementing meaningful and sustainable climate-related actions locally that will help address climate change globally. Recognizing that cities consume over two-thirds of the world’s energy and account for more than 70% of global CO2 emissions, our organization’s global field staff works with city governments, supported by our technical experts across a range of program areas to reduce carbon emissions and increase energy efficiency in large cities across the world. The current chair of the C40 is Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes, and 108th Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg is President of the Board. The Steering Committee includes: Berlin, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Houston, Jakarta, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro, Seoul and Tokyo.

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