Changing Planet

12 Twitter Handles You Should Follow

Nearly 16,000 of you follow C40 Cities on Twitter – and we do our best to keep you up to date with everything important when it comes to cities and climate change.

Each day, more and more voices join the conversation about cities and climate action happening in the Twitterverse, and we’re pleased that so many of you are engaging in that conversation.

To help you find the best of that discussion, we wanted to share some of the handles that we follow – in no particular order – and why you might want to do so as well.

  • The Climate Group (@ClimateGroup) – A non-profit organization focused on a prosperous, low-carbon future.
  • UN-Habitat (@UNHABITAT) – The United Nations programme working towards a better urban future in the face of a rapidly urbanizing global population, particularly in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • World Bank’s Climate (@wbclimatechange) – One of the issue areas the World Bank Group focuses on is climate. Follow this account for latest news, stories, and reports on climate change from the World Bank.
  • World Resources Institute (@WorldResources) – The World Resources Institute is a top global research organization that works with leaders and global organizations (like C40!) to turn big ideas into action.


  • Christiana Figueres (@CFigueres) – As Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Christiana Figueres plays a key role when it comes to international climate policy. Read her post on how megacities are becoming central players in the fight against climate change.
  • Jeffrey D. Sachs (@JeffDSachs) – Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, Mr. Sachs is one of the most vocal voices internationally on the urgent need to take climate actions.
  • Roger Platt (@RogerPlattUSGBC) – A Senior Vice President for Global Policy at the U.S. Green Building Council and board member of the World Green Building Council, Mr. Platt is our go-to resource on green buildings and the impact they can have in reducing city carbon emissions. Watch an interview with Mr. Platt on green buildings, filmed at the C40 Mayors Summit in Johannesburg.
  • Coral Davenport (@CoralMDavenport) – Coral Davenport is the energy and environmental policy reporter for the New York Timesy.
  • Suzanne Goldenberg (@Suzyji) –Suzanne is the Guardian’s US Environment Correspondent, and covers everything from emperor penguins to, well, C40 Cities.

And finally….

A shameless plug for some of our personal favourites:

In the weeks and months ahead we will share more on other folks we are following – and why. If you have any suggestions, tweet them to us at @C40Cities and use all 140 characters to make your case…

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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