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VIDEO: C40’s Executive Director Mark Watts on what the #ParisAgreement #Means4Me

COP21 was a huge success, and city leaders left Paris with a renewed sense of purpose – but now the real work begins.

The Paris Agreement can only be brought to life with full support from all those involved, including national, regional and local leaders. The 1.5°C target means that cities and city leaders are more crucial than ever to the global fight against climate change; this goal cannot be achieved without effective climate action in cities.

Although the Paris Agreement comes into force in 2020, C40’s mayors are acting now, and are helping to ensure that the world is better able to transition to a low-carbon development pathway, avoid carbon lock in, and create smart and sustainable cities.

As part of the UNFCCC’s #ParisAgreement #Means4Me social media campaign C40’s Executive Director Mark Watts explains below:

“Paris was a real breakthrough for humanity, and we all came home with a spring in our step. Now we have got to use that momentum. Cities have a massive role to play in this; 1/3 of the global safe carbon budget will be determined by decisions made at an urban level in just the next 5 years. Our role at C40 is to help ensure that those decisions lock us in to a low carbon development pathway that creates a climate safe world and higher living standards for everyone.”

To join the campaign or find out more, 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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