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Video: Mayor Bloomberg champions the role of cities at WRI event

At Transforming Transportation 2013, a recent World Resources Institute (WRI) event , C40 City Chair and Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg discussed the role of mayors and cities in contrast to federal governments and international bodies:

“When you are tackling the environment or crime or education or transportation, that’s basically done at the local city level…We know how to build the roads, we know what we need and what works in our city, and mayors and the C40 are a good example.”

When it comes to the climate change challenge and other global issues, Mayor Bloomberg is a strong believer in the role of cities – rather than federal governments – to enact real change.

To hear what else he has to say on climate change, social problems, and cities, click here and here or see above.

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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